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Dan Sleigh
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Daniel (Dan) Sleigh was born on the farm Geelbeksfontein on the West Coast on November 3, 1938. He matriculated at Vredenburg High School and then joined the South African Navy. Until 1962, he studied at the Paarl Training College to become a Physical Education teacher, after which he taught in Namibia and Cape Town.

In 1969 he completed his BA Degree in History and English Literature at UNISA. Sleigh then completed a MA Degree cum laude, followed by a Doctorate in History in 1987 at the University of Stellenbosch. Sleigh worked at the Western Cape Department of Education until his retirement in 1996.

Sleigh made his debut in 1974 with a poetry collection called Duif oor die water. Thereafter he wrote novels with a historical background for the schools market.

Die nege-maande-mars. Tafelberg, 1972.
’n Man om te hardloop. Tafelberg, 1973.
Tussen twee vlae. Tafelberg,1974.
Onder die bittervaan. Tafelberg,1975.
Anselm en die Jut. Van der Walt,1976.
Sersant Barodien, Kaapse Korps. Tafelberg, 1977.
’n Kanon vir Barbier. Tafelberg. 1978.
Vryburger Tas. Tafelberg, 1979.

After completing his historical studies he wrote the following novels for adults.

Eilande. Tafelberg, 2002.
Afstande. Tafelberg. 2010.
Wals met Matilda. Tafelberg, 2011
1795. Tafelberg, 2016

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