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R. Eric Swanepoel is an Edinburgh-born and -based writer who grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has lived in Paris and worked all over Great Britain as a veterinarian, has taught English to speakers of other languages and holds an M.Sc. in ecology and a Ph.D. in ecotoxicology (he studied the effects of roofing timber treatments on bats).
Eric worked as a researcher and office manager for a Member of the Scottish Parliament for four years and was a member of the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland for three. He helps people with their biographies and co-wrote and published Angela Bayley’s 'Disruptive', described by Rostrum magazine as ‘an invaluable resource, really important for practitioners in child protection’.
Eric admits to being ‘Josh Artmeier’, the author of the controversial book about the veterinary profession 'Pet Hates, The Shocking Truth About Pets and Vets', published by Argyll in 2006.
on Nov. 13, 2011 :
Saving the World has all the epic, philosophical grandeur of Atlas Shrugged, but with a working compass at its core. Its uplifting idealism, courtliness and playfulness are both refreshing and inspiring. Those who revel in clever wordplay are in for a special treat.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2011 :
Swanepoel's novel takes you on quite a journey, through the lives of the insanely wealthy and powerful to the very poorest. It starts as a right of passage novel but ends with world-changing ideas. It is peppered with humour that had me laughing out loud, especially at his thinly disguised changes of real names, companies, places. Funny but at the same time it takes you on an emotional journey and points out a lot about the world and how it functions, which makes you pause to think.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)