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Murray and Me on Pasella!

Last niPieter kokkewieterght the lifestyle program ‘Pasella’ featured an amazing interview with actress and children’s author Milan Murray.


The show follows Milan’s incredible acting career which began on the set of Isidingo in 1998 and reveals her theater production which is soon to be made into a film!



Hetta ElizabettaWatch the episode below to not only see Milan sandboard, but also to learn how her truly authentic South African children’s books were created, what the future has in store for her and why she is such a passionate writer.






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Ons Camino….between the sheets

Be sure to tune into VIA or better yet….head to Woordfees on  Monday March 6th at 12 noon to catch Pienkes du Plessis- author of the very popular ‘Ons Camino’  being interviewed by Bibi Slippers during her ‘In die bed met Bibi’ broadcast!


Click on the link below to get your tickets TODAY.


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A handful of hard men

Xavier Nagel Agencies is proud to be the distributor of   ‘A handful of hard men-The SAS and the battle for Rhodesia’ written by Hannes Wessels.

During the West’s great transition into the post-Colonial age, the country of Rhodesia refused to succumb quietly, and throughout the 1970s fought back almost alone against Communist supported elements that it did not believe would deliver proper governance.

During this long war many heroes emerged, but none more skillful and courageous than Captain Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, who placed himself at the tip of the spear in the deadly battle to resist the forces of RHard menobert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo.


It is difficult to find another soldier’s story to equal Watt’s in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight he showed himself to be a military maestro. A bush-lore genius, blessed with uncanny instincts and an unbridled determination to close with the enemy, he had no peers as a combat-tracker (and there was plenty of competition). But the Rhodesian theater was a fluid and volatile one in which he performed in almost every imaginable fighting role; as an airborne shock-trooper leading camp attacks, long range reconnaissance operator, covert urban operator, sniper, saboteur, seek-and-strike expert, and in the final stages as a key figure in mobilizing an allied army in neighboring Mozambique.

After 12 years in the cauldron of war his cause slipped from beneath him, however, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe. When the guns went quiet Watt had won all his battles but lost the war. In this fascinating work we learn that in his twilight years he is now concerned with saving wildlife on a continent where they are in continued danger, devoting himself to both the fauna and African people he has cared so deeply about.


This is a must read for anyone interested in African history and conflict situations. It was written in the political context which will appeal well beyond military readership.


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Murray and Me idiom series now available!

Hetta Elizabetta

The second book in the Murray & Me idiom series, “Hetta Elizabetta en die Wêreld op haar Skouers” (Hetta Elizabetta and the world on her shoulders), has just been released and is an essential addition to every child’s bookshelf. The book was written by actor Milan Murray and is colourfully illustrated by Marisa du Toit.


The increasing absence of idioms from the world of children was the motivation for the series. This latest book was written in rhyme with the focus on alliteration, assonance and metre. The first idiom book, “Pieter Kokkewieter en die Hart op sy Mou” (Pieter Kokkewieter and the heart on his sleeve) was published last year and has already sold some 2 000 copies.Pieter kokkewieter


The Murray&Me idiom series comprises picture books ideal for 6-9 year olds. The stories attempt to introduce Afrikaans idioms to youngsters as a way of encouraging conversations about life skills and values. Its characters are young children who experience and question the world around them, which resonates especially well with young readers.


The publishers are Milan and entrepreneur Charmaine Nolte, who launched their children’s book company Murray&Me last year.


“We’ve seen virtually every day how idioms disappear from our children’s vocabularies,” says Milan. “It was however Prof Betsie van der Westhuizen at the University of Potchefstroom whose caution on the importance of idioms as bridging between concrete and abstract thinking struck a chord.”


The series has already been adopted by subject advisors at schools who recognise the value of the idiom and how it is too often underestimated and excluded from learning programmes.


Linda Bredenkamp, a curriculum advocate and Grade 5 teacher, was the language advisor on the idiom project. She started using the Hetta manuscript in her classes before the book had even gone to print.


“These beautiful picture books can help parents and teachers explore life skills with children in a fun way through reading aloud and self-reading,” says Linda. “Even readers in Grades 4-6 who are still unable to read comfortably will connect with the relevant themes, rhyming text and creative illustrations.”


Milan adds that they selected idioms that “sparked lively images in our minds”. “We also chose idioms associated with particular themes we feel strongly about, such as individuality; the importance of conversation; and, the destructive influence of bullies.”


In “Hetta Elizabetta en die Wêreld op haar Skouers”, an enormous world of problems and anxiety weighs heavily on the shoulders of seven-year-old Hetta.


“Sy wonder – Kry branders ook seer as hulle breek?

En wat gaan als swel as ’n by haar sou steek?

Dink jy die tandemuis

Het ’n woonstel of ’n huis?

En kom AL die muise sáám om ons tande te bespreek?”


“Daar’s ook ’n paar GROTER goed wat haar pla

Wat sy stoksiel-alleen op haar skouers moet dra.

Haar maatjies se baklei

En haar ouers wat stry

En die donker wat haar elke nag bang maak en jaag.”


The third book in the series will be available towards the end of next year and with focus on the idiom “Kop in die Wolke” (Head in the Clouds).


About the author, illustrator and publisher


Milan Murray is a well-known actor and TV personality. She trained in Pretoria and New York, and features regularly in television series and stage productions. She was the anchor presenter for KykNet’s Afrikaans language breakfast show, “Ontbytsake”. Her filmography includes numerous student productions in New York as well as Mooirivier in 2013, Van lyn af in 2014 and Die Muse in 2015.


In 2010 she published her motherhood journal “Koemelaat” and in 2015, her first children’s book “Pieter Kokkewieter en die Hart op sy Mou” with illustrator Marisa du Toit.


Marisa du Toit is a trained dancer and artists. Numerous exhibitions of her art include amongst others a solo exhibition in Ras Al Khaima in Dubai and co-ordinated by Darcy Harris in the US.


Since her family’s return to South Africa seven years ago, she has exhibited full-time while illustrating for books and magazines, and teaching art. Her work adorns various galleries.


Charmaine Nolte is an entrepreneur and the founder of the children’s book company Murray&Me. With over 10 years’ experience in online sales, her vision to produce quality children’s books led to the birth of the Murray&Me idiom series.


As a mother of two, she appreciates the importance of literature and language development in young children, and she strives to create stories that are both entertaining and educational.