Novel by Author Francois Van Wyk Introduces Readers to the Kaleidoscope of People in South Africa

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Eye opening, ‘When Cultures Intertwine – The African Way’ reflects the hopes and desires of every citizen who is a captive of the society he or she is born into.

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Moved by a desire to introduce readers to the kaleidoscope of people in South Africa who have to coexist despite cultural divides, author Francois van Wyk tells a compelling story about people of different cultures and ethnicities who have to live and work together while being manipulated by politicians and propagandists.

When Cultures Intertwine – The African Way” follows an African girl in love with her master’s son amidst a background of political intrigue, cultural bias, sacrifice, love and devotion and the quest for a better tomorrow. The story touches the heart as the readers get to know each character, their hopes and dreams, and witness their personal struggles to advance and prosper in a most unfair and unequal society that has held them captive since birth.

A compelling story, this is a tale of ordinary people and their disposition caused by taboos dictated by culture and ethnicity. Having a common destiny as they suffer hardship and humiliation in their quest to improve their lot, readers can see that they are being manipulated by politicians and propagandist with personal agenda. The love of an innocent young black girl for the white farmer’s son who made her pregnant and what she sacrifices and endures to spare the family humiliation is proof of her unwavering character and explains why she is able to triumph in a troubled land.

Highlighting the humane perspective “When Cultures Intertwine – The African Way” touches the heart as the reader gets to know each character who deals with their personal struggle to advance and make ends meet in a most unfair and unequal society. Highly relatable, this eye-opening tale clearly reflects the hopes and desires of every citizen who is a captive of the society he or she is born into.

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About the Author
Francois van Wyk was born at Dullstroom, South Africa on April 16, 1934. After he matriculated in 1952, he was employed on a Gold Mine as an Official Learner. Saving up a bit of money, he left for London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following which he hitch-hiked all over Britain, Scandinavia and Europe, and boarded the Kenya Castle in Gibraltar to come back to South Africa via the Suez Canal. Back in South Africa, he joined the National Theatre Company and toured the country for a few years. Through part time study, he obtained a BSc degree in Math and Physics from the University of Pretoria. He finally found his niche when he joined the Afrikaans Radio Service of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. His broadcasting career ended in 1997 when he retired. Accompanied by his wife Trui, they travelled all over the world. In 2005 he first sat down to write “When Cultures Intertwine – The African Way.”

When Cultures Intertwine – The African Way * by Francois van Wyk
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 306 pages; 9781483693354
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 306 pages; 9781483693361
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