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Kate Turkington is the author of 12 books, including the first critical study of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (Studies in English Literature: Things Fall Apart) (pub. Edward Arnold, London, 1977) and Certificate English (an English Language grammar for ESL students; pub Nelson, London, 1968) among other academic publications and school text books. Her The South Wind and the Sun, a collection of African writing for secondary schools (De Jager-Haum, 1983), is still in print and widely used in South African schools and colleges. Her two mainstream books, There’s More to Life Than Surface (Penguin, 1998) and Doing it with Doris (Penguin, 2004), are part autobiographical, part travelogue, part spiritual journey.



Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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