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Francois Bloemhof
Biographical info

François Bloemhof was born on 15 September in Paarl. He started writing after his English teacher gave him 97% for a short story in grade 11. He matriculates at Tygerberg High School and studies at Stellenbosch University. In 1992 he obtained a Master's degree in Afrikaans literature. He appeared on the South African literary scene in 1991 as De Kat prize winner for his debut novel Die nag het net een oog. Then followed Koue soen, a finalist in the 1994 Sanlam/De Kat/Kuns op Een novel competition as well as in the M-Net competition.

He later also started writing for younger readers, and received four ATKV Children's Book awards (a competition in which young readers select their most popular books) and won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature for youth novels such as Slinger-slinger and Nie vir kinders nie. In 2007 he came second in the MML Literature Award with Stad aan die einde van die wêreld. More than 300 of his short stories, mostly written under pseudonyms, have appeared in magazines.

He lives in Durbanville and is a part-time copywriter, translator and editor.

Did you know?

· Rooi Luiperd is dedicated to Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, who would have been a hundred years old in 2008.
· His novel Hostis (1998) is the first Afrikaans book with an original soundtrack on CD.
· Die Speletjie (1999) is the first Afrikaans book that appeared with its own computer game.


He has written two books for adults, Dinge met tande (1995) and Sprong (1998) under the pseudonym Leo Bekker.

Author bookshelf

(Titles published by Human & Rousseau)
Die vierde stem (2014)

Moord in die beloofde land (2013)
The Rillers series
The Chillers series
Rooi Luiperd 4: Helse manier van kobaai sê (2011)
Rooi Luiperd 3: Die Genesis-faktor 
Rooi Luiperd 2: Afspraak in Venesië (2009)
Rooi Luiperd 1: Rooi Luiperd
Vampiere in Londen (2004)


De Kat Debut Prize (1991) – Die nag het net een oog
Tafelberg/Sanlam Prize for youth fiction (1996) – Slinger-slinger
FNB/Kagiso Prize for Youth Fiction (1998) – Die wit huis
ATKV Children's Book Prize (1999) – Die waterding
ATKV Children's Book Prize (2000) – Kamer 13
ATKV Children's Book Prize (2001) – Die speletjie
ATKV Children's Book Prize (2004) – Hospitaaltyd
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature (2005) – Nie vir kinders nie

List of titles

Adult novels

2014 Die vierde stem
2013 Moord in die beloofde land
2011 Rooi Luiperd 4: Helse manier van kobaai sê, Human & Rousseau 
2010 Rooi Luiperd 3: Die Genesis-faktor
2009 Rooi Luiperd 2: Afspraak in Venesië
2009 Harde woorde
2008 Rooi Luiperd 1: Rooi Luiperd
2007 Jagseisoen
2006 Spinnerak
2001 'n Tweede asem vir Jan A
1999 Klipgooi
1998 Hostis: met oorspronklike CD-klankbaan
1997 Nagbesoeker
1997 Mooidraai Basuin
1996 Storieboek 
1995 Bloedbroer
1994 Koue soen 
1993 Die duiwel se tuin 
1991 Die nag het net een oog 

For teenagers
1997 Slinger-slinger
1998 Die wit huis
2000 Die dae to ek Elvis was
2005 Nie vir kinders nie
2007 Stad aan die einde van die wêreld
2009 City at the end of the world
2009 Moenie dat die grootmense hoor nie
2011 Rillers 1: Die Speletjie
2011 Rillers 2: Die vrou met die pers oog
2012 Rillers 3: Die waterding
2012 Rillers 4: Ou Langklou
2012 Rillers 5: Donkerwoud
2011 Chillers 1: The Gotcha Game
2011 Chillers 2: The Lady with the Purple Eye
2012 Chillers 3: The Water Creature
2012 Chillers 4: Old Aunty Claws
2012 Chillers 5: The Dark Forest

Young readers (9-12 years)
1996 Middernagland
1996 Die vrou met die pers oog*
1996 Donkerwoud*
1997 Die waterding*
1998 Kamer 13*
1999 Die speletjie*
2000 Kry vir jou, ou Langklou*
2001 Hospitaaltyd*
2002 Agent snoet en die botterdiamant
2004 Vampiere in Londen*
2005 Agent Snoet en die kattekwaad
2006 Rillers-omnibus (8* books)
2008 Agent Snoet en die hondelewe
2009 Flipom Young readers (9 years and younger)
1994 Die dom towenaar
1994 Sakkie en die Toffiewolf
1997 Dinnie Kaboef
1997 K-TV Holiday Fun (fun and activity book)
2002 'n Dag om te vier
2002 Wie wil wat wees
2002 Spinnekoppe in die huis
2002 Blink gedagtes

2003 Donker veld
2004 Die boek van spoke


2002 A day to celebrate
2002 Bright ideas
2002 Let's make some changes
2002 Spiders in the house
2009 City at the end of the world
2011 The Rillers series / The Chillers series

Excerpts from reviews

“As with Bloemhof's other books, one reads it in almost one breath. Not because they're only a breath long, but because you simply have to, like a bloodhound, sniff out the surprise or secret on the next page” – Mariana Malan about Rooi Luiperd, Die Burger (2008)

Nie vir kinders nie takes readers places that they might never visit themselves, but still wonder about. Buckle up, read.” – Mariana Loots, Die Burger (2005)

“François Bloemhof is one of the few authors of youth fiction that can really communicate with his target audience, get into teenagers' heads and use their slang without seeming forced.” – Barrie Hough, Rapport (2000)

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