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Marié Heese
Biographical info

Marié Heese was born in Cape Town on September 27, 1942. She went to school in Cape Town and studied English and political philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch. She also obtained a diploma in drama at the Academy for Drama, also in Stellenbosch. She taught, among others, at Empangeni High School and Richards Bay High in KwaZulu-Natal. Marié lectured at the Universities of Durban-Westville, Zululand, Pretoria and Unisa.

Marié is best known for her first book, Die uurwerk kantel, which was published in 1976. She is the daughter of the well-known author Audrey Blignault who died in 2008. In 2009 Audrey Blignault: Uit die dagboek van ’n vrou, which was compiled by Marié, was published. The subject of Marié’s historical novel, The Double Crown: Secret Writings of the Female Pharaoh (2009), is Hatshepsut, who ruled over ancient Egypt for more than two decades.

She won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Africa region, for The Double Crown, in 2010 as well as the Woordfeestrofee, 2014, for the best presentation by an established author, on Vuurklip en Karoo-kantate.

Marié is married to Chris Heese. They live in Stilbaai and the Little Karoo.

Did you know?

· Die uurwerk kantel was adapted for radio and the stage and library users in the Western Cape nominated the book as one of the best of the 20th century.
· Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland and Avonture in Amper-Stamperland were made into a TV series in the 1980s. A new version of Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland was published by Human & Rousseau in 2008.


Author bookshelf

Vuurklip (2013)
A Triple-headed Serpent
 (2012)
The Colour of Power 
(2011)
Die honger reisiger 
(2010)
Audrey Blignault: Uit die dagboek van ’n vrou (2009)
The Double Crown (2009)
Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland (2008)

List of titles

Prose: fiction
2013 Vuurklip, Human & Rousseau
2012 A Triple-headed Serpent, Human & Rousseau
2011 The Colour of Power, Human & Rousseau
2009 The Double Crown, Human & Rousseau
1983 Tyd van Beslissing, Perskor
1976 Die uurwerk kantel, Tafelberg

Essays
1972 Tokkelspel, Tafelberg

Travel/cooking
2010 Die honger reisiger, Tafelberg

Children’s books
1984 Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland, Human & Rousseau
1986 Avonture in Amper-Stamperland, Human & Rousseau

Compiler
2009 Audrey Blignault: Uit die dagboek van ’n vrou, Tafelberg

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