Hamilton Wende is based in Johannesburg and has over 30 years experience in journalism and the media. He has travelled extensively across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and America, filming for a number of international networks including BBC, CNN and Nat Geo. In his travels he has covered over 15 different wars in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Congo, Angola and Sudan. This has given him invaluable experience in writing novels and non-fiction books based often on real events.
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Arabella is a typical eleven year old girl growing up in the suburbs of Johannesburg: she loves her family and friends, hates homework, and spends her summer days dreaming in the garden.
Then her father dies, and it seems that Arabella will never know happiness or magic again.
Arabella is still grieving her dad’s death while struggling to adjust to her new school. Plus she’s having trouble with her friends.
Then Akbar, the broom seller from Mali, gives Arabella a magical amulet that can open a gateway to Azothia, the world of magic that is being threatened by a strange and dark new power.
Sebastian Burke, a British academic, has spent his whole life trying to understand the secret life of Alexander the Great and his slave bride Roxane. Now, with the Taliban forced underground, he finally has the opportunity to undertake the journey he has dreamed of for almost his entire adult life, a journey into the heart of Alexander’s world, a journey to the lost city of Ay Khanoum in northern Afghanistan.