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Journalist Amanda Botha, who was also a personal friend of Dalene, said the following about the author's books: "She was a storyteller without compare. She enriched the Afrikaans narrative art by telling stories in a compelling and compassionate way. She also brought innovative aspects to the Afrikaans world of living, like an ecological appreciation of the Knysna Forest's fauna and flora. She also liked to write about groups of marginalised people. She gave them meaning, humanity and soul."

Dalene also renewed language by introducing new or previously unknown words and phrases into her stories - like naval terminology in a book like Pieternella, Daughter of Eva

According to Botha, Dalene had an eccentric view of history and of live - and she loved to tell stories.

The Day the Swallows SpokeThe Day the Swallows Spoke
Araminta, a young white South African, is desperate to earn enough money to be able to leave her country and start a new life where she can belong to herself.It is forbidden for unlicenced individuals to trade in diamonds, but it is the only avenue open to Araminta ... read more
Pieternella, Daughter of EvaPieternella, Daughter of Eva
This is the story of Pieternella, daughter of the Danish surgeon Pieter van Meerhoff and the Hottentot woman Krotoa-Eva who has been banned to Robben Island more
Throughout his life, Moses Swart, shepherd from the Bredasdorp Strandveld, felt he never belonged to this land with its people from the sea and from the veld. He washed up on the beach as a young child, but where does this unabating feeling of another identity come from more

Knysna forest

Knysna forest

Dalene Matthee, Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer van 13 boeke, is veral bekend vir haar vier Bosboeke" wat in die Knysna-bos afspeel. Haar boeke is in 14 tale vertaal.
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