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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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With the Headmaster's Approval (Romance)
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Description: Restoring discipline at a girls’ academy should have been easy for a former US Naval Officer. It wasn't, nor was it easy dealing with an all-female staff. Adam Wild considers himself well equipped to bring order back to St Mary’s Academy in northern England - and he’s not about to take No for an answer. Still in love with his late wife, he believes himself immune to the temptations of the female staff. Fiercely independent Jenna Murray has learned that she does not need a man in her life; especially the arrogant Adam Wild who has stolen the headship she feels should have been hers. She undermines his authority at every turn, until even the girls recognise the underlying emotion in their constant sparring. Determined to bring him down, an allegation by a troubled girl is just the ammunition she needs. But then Nicole, Adam’s late wife’s kid sister returns from Africa with a life-threatening condition and a startling request that forces both Adam and Jenna to re-evaluate their feelings about love. Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference. Intrigue, scandal, suspense, and romance peppered with humour tell how one man’s influence on a school of wayward girls and their teachers changes their lives in ways none of them would imagine – and eventually his own.
But Can You Drink The Water? (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 02, 2014 11:01AM
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.

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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.
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