Book: The Biography of Nena Van Zyl.

The biography includes, as an introduction, a short novel 'The Brooch, the Fur, and the Magic Hat from Virginiazstan.' Inspired by Nena's brooches...

Front cover.

Back cover.

The Brooch, the Fur, and the Magic Hat from Virginiaztan.

PUBLISHING DATE: To be published by the end of April 2019. Not available yet.  


The silhouette of a massive tree slowly appeared in front of her. The trunk of the tree had a very large girth. The massive bulbous trunk was knobbly and uneven. The bark’s texture was rough but beautiful. On top of the trunk was grey-zigzagged sprawling ‘hair.’ Chunky, buttressed roots anchored the large bulky trunk into the ground – it looked like a giant’s hand. It anchored the big tree securely to the ground.  She looked up. The chunky tree had a crown that resembled a root ball. ‘Who has turned this tree upside down,’ she thought. There were no leaves on the branches – stripped bare.

I had never seen such an enormous bulbous tree in the forest before.’

She had ventured deep into the forest. Too deep.

OVERVIEW: The story portrays Nena (Camilla)as a young girl in a challenging forest. Her character traits and personality are illuminated throughout this story. The story of the biography section is mostly fiction. However, embedded are her true temperament, her passions, interests, love, care, faith, and dogged determination to achieve an important goal.  Her biography, history, and some interesting notes with her memoirs, pictures, and more are included at the back of this book. An intriguing, fun and exciting biography!  


Book description:

Word count = 20,000 words with many pictures. 150 x size A4 pages.

PUBLISHING DATE: To be published by the end of May 2019. Not available yet.  

Contents (draft)

The Brooch, the Fur, and the Magic Hat from Virginiaztan. Page 8

Chapter 1: The Abode. Page 10

Chapter 2: The Curse. 22

Chapter 3: A bridge too far?. 31

Chapter 4: The Mould. 50

Chapter 4: Rose of Sharon. 61

Chapter 5: Fairies, fairies, fairies. 69

Chapter 6: The Bower. 70

Chapter 7: Seven crates. 71

Chapter 8: The Brooch. 72

Chapter 9: Words. 73

Chapter 10: Fleeing. 74

Chapter 11: The Dressingroom.. 75

Chapter 12: High Tea. 76

About the Baobab tree. 77

The leaves. 80

Baobab Bark and Roots. 80

Baobab fruit 80

Baobab seeds. 82

Baobab fruit powder. 82

Socio-cultural Significance. 83

The Shoemaker and His Tools. 84

Bill Windell 88

The Vogelkop Bowerbird. 90

The Brazen Serpent (made from brass). 92

Short History & Timeline: Jacob Cornelia (Windell) Van Zyl 94

Gedig vir Nena. 105

Brooches, artefacts, and memories of Nena. 109

The power of the memory of an artefact. 109

POEM/GEDIG: A Strong Tower (English version) / N Sterk Toring (Afrikaans version) 114

The Tower of Hercules. 116

Nena a Strong Tower. 120

Bloemlesing op Laerskool (Poetry & Verses book at Primary School) 122


Future Illustrated Children’s books (available soon): 133

Published Children’s book: 133

Published to Five House Publishing: Page133


Nena Van Zyl. See the renovated antique organ by her late husband, Charlie Van Zyl (framed picture of Charlie in the center of the organ).

BROOCH: One of Nena's brooches which she used to wear to church as young mother (1960 -1980). CHURCH: Apostolic Faith Mission Church, Virginia, Freestate, South Africa. This fantasy story of fiction is inspired by her many brooches.

Baobab tree. The story of 'The Brooch, the Fur, and the Magic Hat from Virginiaztan,'  is set in a forest. A huge baobab tree is part of the fictional story.   

When the book is published in May 2019, the eBook will be available at Five House Publishing.