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Malene Breytenbach

Malene Breytenbach

Author of novels and romances
Worked for Stellenbosch University from 1990 to 2008 in Public Relations, Communication and the Stellenbosch Foundation

Malene Breytenbach was born on 1 September 1948 in Port Shepstone, Natal. Her parents emigrated to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where she attended Cecil John Rhodes Primary School and Chaplin High School in Gweru. At the age of fourteen she moved to Pretoria and matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool. She obtained her BA and BA(Hons) (English) at the University of Pretoria and worked as a translator. She and her husband Willie and daughter Karen moved to Stellenbosch in 1985 where she studied Honours, masters and DPhil in Journalism, MA (Ancient Near Eastern Studies) and MPhil (Ancient Studies). She was employed by Stellenbosch University from 1990 to 2008 in Public Relations, Communication and the Stellenbosch Foundation.
She now writes full-time.
Since her first romance, Palmyra Herleef, was published by LAPA Publishers in 2005, more than thirty of her romances (historical, contemporary and medical) have been published by LAPA and Tafelberg Publishers.
Her first novel Gister is 'n ver land, appeared at Tafelberg in 2009. Her story, Polvye appears in Bloots, Tafelberg, 2012.
Malene has written various articles and short stories in newspapers and magazines. She regularly writes book reviews for magazines, newspapers and Litnet.
She is an avid reader, loves cats, has recently become a grandmother (daughter Karen, granddaughter Mia, son-in-law Barry Botha), thinks Stellenbosch is "where I ought to be".
Her husband, Prof Willie Breytenbach, a political scientist, is a great supporter. Her cat, Mozart, is the only survivor of many much-adored cats.


Bloedgrond Novels:
Gister is 'n ver land, Tafelberg, 2009 / Yesterday is a Lost Country, eBooks for Africa, 2012
Pluimprinse, Tafelberg, 2010
Bloedgrond, Tafelberg, 2011
Eenoogkoning, Naledi Publishers, 2012
Kennis is mag, Rosslyn Press, 2013

(Published by LAPA)
Palmyra Herleef, 2005
Huis van my hart
Die geheim van Aurora
Godin van die wingerd
Diamante in die stof, 2006 - Diamante in die stof (eBook)
Held uit die verlede
Liefste vreemdeling
Verskeurde Hart, 2007
'n Ster vir Stella
Skat uit die see
Oase van Liefde
Safari na liefde
Maak my hart gesond
Reünie van harte
Eiland van liefde -
Eiland van liefde (eBook), LAPA
Doolhof van liefde
'n Kasteel vir Moira
Liefde in Venesië
Intrige op Imbovali
'n Ster Vir Stella, 2007

(Published by Tafelberg)
Hoe kwesbaar die hart, 2007
Roep van die woestynwind - Roep van die woestynwind (eBook)
Hertog van die Pampas, 2008 - Hertog van die Pampas (eBook)
Heler van skade, 2008 - Heler van skade (eBook)
In jou hande, 2008 - In jou hande (eBook)
Tot die dood ons skei, 2008 - Tot die dood ons skei (eBook)
Verbode liefde, 2009
Hartstog op see, 2009
Dokter sonder grense, 2010 - Dokter sonder grense (eBook)
Dokter van ver, 2011
As Marilyn Bennett:
Vir liefde en vryheid, Tafelberg, 2008
Waar liefde vonkel, Tafelberg, 2008


Text by Malene Breytenbach, July 2012

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