Author Dorothy Hartnett Shares Magical Travel Experiences in New Book

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Readers will witness the naturally and culturally rich lands of South Africa through Hartnett’s ‘My Southern African Diaries’.

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A traveler by nature, author Dorothy Hartnett has by far traveled to many countries in different continents of the world and she has enjoyed all her visits in those places. Now, she wants to share all the rich culture she has come to know and embrace, the fascinating flora and fauna of the naturally rich lands where she has wandered. A ‘travel book’ opened and willingly shared, readers are all invited to this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the unexploited lands (and waters) of South Africa all lovingly presented within the pages of "My Southern African Diaries."

South Africa is known for the minerals and precious stones contained within which are either undiscovered or barely harnessed. Aside from its very rich mineral reserve, the continent’s fantastic wild animals that range from the four-legged to winged creatures, and its naturally charming and beautiful people awaits whomsoever seeks to take a closer look at them. As Hartnett visits the Southern States of Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Madagascar, she records all that she views, the warm welcome of the place, its people and its wild animals.

A rich travel experience with the perfect moments captured in photo and stories perfectly told in words; Hartnett’s "My Southern African Diaries" shows a person’ unique way of exploring, admiring, and enjoying what Mother Earth offers. This new travel book is a real testament to Hartnett’s belief that, "Travel is possible no matter what your age, and the people you meet widen your knowledge and help you to understand the problems of the world."

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About the Author

Dorothy Hartnett was born in Tasmania where she began her varied, adventurous career. Her first job was designing houses in an architect’s office as she had experience as a tiny offsider to her builder father from a quite young age. She ventured from modeling to veterinary nurse to private secretary and P.R. situations to several successful commercial business ventures. Later as a sole parent, she travelled widely introducing her young family to other cultures in the world. During the years 1976-1980, she studied at Seven Hills College of Art and discovered sculpture. After obtaining her Arts Degree she taught Art and English in secondary private schools in Queensland for 8 years and had many solo exhibitions in painting and sculpture. Hartnett progressed from wood, stone and bronze to glass sculpture and in 1989 worked at her own commercial Art glass "Pangeza Studio" where she created unusual glassworks and large commissions. In 1994, Hartnett’s first book, The Blossoms of Rose Cottage was published, followed by Forms Entwined, the life story of sculptors Kathleen & Leonard Shillam in 1996. In 1999, Hartnett bought a video camera and she has been making short films from her stories and travel documentaries ever since. A few can be viewed on her YouTube site.

My Southern African Diaries* by Dorothy Hartnett
Publication Date: February 17, 2014
Trade Paperback; AU$44.99; 84 pages; 9781493132768
Trade Hardback; AU$64.99; 84 pages; 9781493132812
e-book; AU$3.99; 9781493132775

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