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Anchien Troskie
Biographical info

It’s me, Anna (Dis ek, Anna) was published under Troskie’s pseudonym, Elbie Lötter in 2005. The Afrikaans edition has sold more than 75 000 copies, and the English edition more than 20 000 copies.

Anchien in her own words

Allow me to introduce myself:

I was born in 1968, in the Free State, and matriculated in 1986, with Kringe in ’n bos by my side. I am married and have two beautiful children. We live in the Eastern Cape. Aside from general chores, I occupy myself with crafts – scrapbooking, embroidery, knitting; and at night, I obstinately write in the coldest room in the house – a room that no one else wanted to use and which I now proudly refer to as my “office”.

I am an ordinary person who laughs, cries, gossips, and who sometimes has to lie. I hate any form of chores, I hate it when I am lied to, hate raw meat and am petrified of snakes. I get angry easily and am very impatient. I love wine, but luckily love my husband and children more. The smell of a new (or old, for that matter) book, the salty smell of the ocean, soft, drenching rain, coffee and pancakes – is there anything better? One of my biggest fears, and there are many, is that I won’t have enough time to see all the stories in my head in print.

That’s me, Anchien Troskie, woman, wife to my husband, mother to my children, housekeeper to everyone, financial manager of the family, free taxi service to the kids and now author.

Books still in print

As Anchien Troskie
Dis ek, Anna: die volle verhaal (2015)
Vermis op Allesverloren (2014)
Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer (2012)
The State vs Anna Bruwer (2012)
Die besoeker, Kwela (2010)
Nooit is ’n lang, lang tyd, Kwela (2008)

As Elbie Lötter
Dis ek, Anna, Tafelberg (2004)
It’s me, Anna, Kwela (2005)

Awards

Nielsen BookData Bookseller’s Choice-prys (2005) – Dis ek, Anna

List of published titles

2015 Dis ek, Anna: die volle verhaal
2014 Vermis op Allesverloren Kwela Books
2012 Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer Kwela Books
2004 Dis ek, Anna, Tafelberg
2008 Nooit is ’n lang, lang tyd, Kwela Books
2010 Die besoeker, Kwela Books

Translations

Dis ek, Anna (2004)
- It’s me, Anna (2005)

Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer (2012)
- The State vs Anna Bruwer (2012)
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