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Jan Hurst-Nicholson

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has been writing for about 25 years. Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: ‘Something to Read on the Plane’ a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff.

Her first children’s book was ‘Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs’ published by Gecko Books, and was one of Bookchat’s 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by ‘Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse’ (both now available as e-books on Amazon) ‘Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat’ is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve.
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But Can You Drink the Water?

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Something To Read On The Plane

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Leon Chameleon P.I. and the...

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With the Headmaster's Approval

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Mystery at Ocean Drive

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The Race: An Inspiring Stor...

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Leon Chameleon P.I. and the...

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Bheki and the Magic Light

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I Made These Up

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But Can You Drink The Water? (Humor)
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Description: A light-hearted look at emigration (based on a sit-com). A naïve working-class family attempt to fit in after emigrating from Liverpool to South Africa. When Frank Turner informs his wife and teenage son they are moving to sunny South Africa, he is unprepared for their hostile response. His defiant son makes his own silent protest, and his wife’s assertion that “we never shoulda come” is parroted at every minor calamity. The bewildered working-class scousers are thrust into an alien world of servants, strange African customs, unintelligible accents, and unexpected wild life (‘crocodiles’ on the wall). Their uneasy interactions with Zulu servants, Afrikaner neighbours, and foreign officialdom exposes their naivety, but they each learn to cope in their own individual way. Having overcome culture shock, the arrival of Mavis’s parents introduces a divided loyalty when Gert and Walter’s National Health glasses and ill-fitting dentures are seen through the eyes of the Turner’s new South African friends. And when Mavis’s sister ‘our Treesa’ and her opinionated husband Clive visit, Mavis surprises herself by hotly defending SA. semi-finalist in the 2010 ABNA contest
The Breadwinners (a family saga) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: An epic family saga set in South Africa. A spurned lover marries for money and ignites a family feud of passion and betrayal that spans three generations. It is New Year's Eve 1924 and Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. When Hilde finds she is pregnant her father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles, Lucas Connelly, and Miles Davenport their former employer. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never have imagined. The Breadwinners covers six decades and leads us through the successes and failures of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years and the isolation of South Africa.
With the Headmaster's Approval (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Every school deserves a hero – especially St Mary’s … A no-nonsense former US naval officer takes on the undisciplined teens in a prestigious British school, but faces his greatest challenge managing the aggrieved female teachers. The girls at St Mary's Academy in northern England are becoming unruly. A quick fix is needed and the governing body controversially appoints Adam Wild, former US naval officer and widower, as the new headmaster. The all-female staff resent him for upsetting their group dynamics, and his new strict rules set him on a collision course with the sullen teenage girls. His mission to reform the troubled school is undermined by a power struggle with the fiercely ambitious and popular teacher Jenna Murray, who feels the position should have been hers. The students hate the upheaval, seeking to manipulate or embarrass him in ways only girls can. And his digging into the root of the problems threatens to pull too many dark secrets and scandals into the light. Hurt by fresh reminders of his tragic past, Adam's determination is tested daily along with his authority. But his patience is enough to win a few allies, and his firm, self-assured presence brings a stability the school hasn't seen in years. Overcoming years of dysfunction may not be impossible - if he can last at St Mary's long enough to see it through.

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"Very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Brought back so many memories of England. And I'm still here!

I laughed out loud several times at the antics of Frank, Mavis and the rest of the family. Terrific fun."
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The Race by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Let Me First Say that I am not left-handed. I wanted to read this book out of curiosity and because I thought it looked interesting. What I ended up with was a great story and a lot of knowledge.

The story is about a young girl who happens to be l..." Read more of this review »
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Jan Hurst-Nicholson Dr wrote: "Thanks for the friendship. I too love writing and don't care for that other stuff---Math. Believe it or not, I received a PhD without ever taking, but one math course which was in my first year of..."

Good to hear from you. I am originally from the UK but have been in SA since 1972. In the UK and here we call it maths - another word that seems to divide the US and UK. It's a public holiday here, so about to take the dogs for a walk. It's Spring and the weather is sunny, but a bit windy today.
cheers for now.

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Dr Thanks for the friendship. I too love writing and don't care for that other stuff---Math. Believe it or not, I received a PhD without ever taking, but one math course which was in my first year of college. I did well on it, but saw no sense in figuring out why one of these and one more made two. I already could see that. However, having confessed to my lack of understanding of math, I will tell you that lots of related math courses were taken to satisfy all of the requirements. I loved statistic, finance and adding money up in huge piles. I guess it worked for me, I passed all my courses.
Dr Robert E McGinnis Your newest friend on the block

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