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Johan SteynGreetings and welcome to my blog. My novel, Father Michael’s Lottery, is set to be launched in the United States by Schaffner Press on 1 Dec, otherwise known as World AIDS Day. The launch will involve a video that I recorded recently at the University of KwaZulu Natal, whose own Press first published the book, in 2005. (For more, see the Schaffner press release below; and click here for a summary of the book.)

Having worked and travelled a lot in Africa, I became increasingly aware of the magnitude of the AIDS pandemic, ultimately the story behind the novel. The numbers are mind boggling: 22 million people living with AIDS, 61% of them women, 11million orphans, 5700 deaths per day, 2 million deaths per annum.

But these are only cold, clinical figures. They tell you nothing about the people involved, or the devastation caused on a more personal level.


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