Titles by Pamela Heller-Stern
WHO’S KNOCKING ON MY DOOR?
It was he himself.
“His body. Lying against the pale tan floor tiles. Of the verandah. His body dressed in grey flannels. Pale blue short-sleeved shirt. It was unnaturally still. Awkward-looking. Swollen tongue lolling. His face blue. His head twisted. In an unnatural angle.”
How had Stanley survived the war, having escaped as prisoner-of-war in Italy?
Bound by blood ties, the 5 siblings – Marina, Sophie, Gerald, Jeremy and Lawrence – are involved in a quincunx of errors. The family curse is repeated 5 times!
Death is a disappearance or a suicide.
IT’S A RED MOON AND A GREEN MAN
Gerhard Vorbei is a 20th century green man in advance of his time. He and his family land up in Pomona-at the Sea, once a thriving diamond centre (1912-14), now a ghost village in the Namib Desert.
Together with a circle of friends from Johannesburg, he sets up a garden paradise in the desert. The thorny issue of monogamy and the sexploits of the community are revealed as well as the life and customs of the Bushmen who prefer to hunt when the moon is red.
Running counter to the theme of growing is the destructiveness of leader Gerhard which ultimately has tragic consequences.
THE PINK SLIPPERS
What is Sister Beatrice’s secret desire?
A St. Augustinian nursing sister living in Genadendorp (the place of Mercy), Northern Cape, she’s restless and unhappy. Then, like Cinderella in a moment of truth, she puts on the fluffy pink slippers and her life changes fundamentally. Suddenly she leaves the convent and the sanatorium and marries her Prince Charming.
HAVE A HEART
This two-part novel shows how good eventually triumphs over evil, even if the evil gets the punishment hundreds of years later.
Part One of the novel dramatizes the tragic life of tobacco plantation slave, Loder Alleyn, which contrasts ironically with that of wealthy, lascivious but likeable slaver, Granville-Throgmorton, as their lives interweave.
Part Two is set in modern times and weaves together the initially parallel lives of Granville-Throgmorton’s descendant, Clifford Granville, and Frank Allen from the original Loder Alleyn family. Their paths cross at the point of the tragic climax of the novel.
The novel is a unique social commentary on human exploitation through the slave trade of the 1800s and illicit organ trafficking of the 21st century.
JOSE DALE LACE
Blonde and beautiful, statuesque and vivacious with a fine sense of the dramatic, José Dale Lace became the darling of London aristocratic society, at first. Within a short time, the same exclusive circle shunned her for her scandalous indiscretion. Not to be deterred or subjected to a manipulative and titled lover, she became an actress at the famous Haymarket Theatre, her maiden role in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. Here women were charmed by her grace and beauty, men quite bewitched by her irresistible allure. She met and married handsome, immaculately dressed John Lace, a Sir Galahad who embraced her and took in her illegitimate son, Lancelot, as his own. And they lived in the roller-coaster world of high finance, diamonds and gold in the early years of South Africa’s mining Randlords.
Life in Johannesburg included sumptuous banquets, parties and entertainment in their magnificent Herbert Baker home. José was the talk of the town: she bathed regularly in fresh milk, slept between black silk sheets and drove her coach pulled by four zebra. But Fate intervened in this idyll, took the wealth, burnt the mansion and plunged her from riches to rags like an upside-down Cinderella.