My story

My latest book, Journeys Without a Map – a writer’s life reflects on experiences that have inspired my writing — and there’s a cross-cultural aspect to most of it.

I grew up in South Africa, and left because of opposition to the apartheid regime.  I lived with my young family in Zambia, until we had to leave suddenly as a result of a political crisis, an experience that helped me understand what refugees go through. Since then I have lived in London, and I love its cultural diversity.  I have organised English classes for adults, and set up a community project where people from many different backgrounds contributed and formed friendships. Among those learning English were asylum seekers, so we set up a support organisation to help with their transitions to life in Britain. I have worked for Save the Children internationally, based in London but travelling to support staff in countries across Asia and Africa. It was a life-changing experience, learning from people who have to cope with unrelenting poverty, political oppression, and war. 

This website gives details about each of my books and related activities. For a quick way to find out if you’re likely to enjoy what I write, sign up to my occasional blog. I look forward to hearing from you.

a shield of coolest air      somewhere more simple   Uncertain Light book cover   A Language in Common book coverIf you can walk you can dance

4 thoughts on “My story

  1. Hello Marion,
    I’ve just heard from Hilary Strickland about your books and now cannot wait to start reading. I was one of Hil’s friends at Eunice and remember you and your family with fondness.

  2. Love your writing, dear Marion – you’ll remember me from Oh so long ago.In my loungeroom I have a framed b & w photo of your mother, Kathleen & myself when we acted in the Bloemfontein Repertory Society play ‘Bonaventure’ . love & blessings Megan

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