An Apartheid Era Memoir: Much More than a Nostalgic Amble Down Memory Lane

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In "Much Bigger than Grownups: Chronicles of a Native South African," Shelley Wood Gauld traces her life path from an Apartheid era Zulu trading post (1953) to a small RV park in the USA (2006). Woven into this memoir are exotic places and cultures, and an overview of South Africa's intriguing history. The book features quotes by pivotal personalities, a rich glossary and 45 original art works, most of which are this author-illustrator's drawings and paintings.

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Announcing the release of Shelley Wood Gauld's new book, "Much Bigger than Grownups: Chronicles of a Native South African." This 240-page 8.5 x 11-inch illustrated memoir is set in Apartheid era South Africa. ISBN: 978-1-4116-8217-7. Preview at

"Shelley Wood Gauld's extraordinary account shines with wisdom, creativity and insight. Readers are taken on an international adventure into the rich cultures, religious diversity, lush geography and political turmoil of South Africa during the latter half of the twentieth century -- and then on to the USA. In the process, the author underscores striking interrelated aspects of the pioneering histories of these two countries. It is a fascinating sojourn that enlightens and educates as it entertains. Exotic places and endearing people come vividly to life through the eyes and heart of this Renaissance woman." Dr. Melanie Rosa

"Much Bigger than Grownups: Chronicles of a Native South African bears witness to someone who has striven to put more meaning into her life and 'more color on her wings'; and, thereby, more color into ours. Maps, artworks and vibrant authentic prose guide us through this memorable record of a life in progress." Prof. Dr. Lindy Stiebel (Professor of English Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

The release of "Much Bigger than Grownups: Chronicles of a Native South African" coincides with the release of the revised edition of Shelley Wood Gauld's first publication, "Return to the Fountainhead of the Faith" (ISBN 978-1-4303-0865-2). The two books are inextricably linked. "Return to the Fountainhead of the Faith," an illustrated reference work, explores 14 major world ideologies, the convoluted history of the Church and Christianity's Jewish roots -- its inherent "Jewishness." "Much Bigger than Grownups" is intended for a much broader audience. Together, the books feature reproductions of 115 of this writer-illustrator's original drawings and paintings.

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These 8.5 x 11-inch illustrated books are available from the author and from Lulu (, the world's fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books. In January 2007, they will also be available from Borders, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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Shelley Wood Gauld, a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a professional artist and former high school teacher of religious education, art history, drawing and painting. Her first nonfiction illustrated book, "Return to the Fountainhead of the Faith," was nominated for the 2004 Koret Foundation Jewish Book Awards.

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