Clive Cooke

Biography

Worked for thirty years in the petrochemical industry in production and marketing, recently retired. Published six books. Intends to devote more time to writing and to travelling.

Specializes in small-scale dramas rather than in epics. A shrewd observer of the complexities of human behavior. Loves contradictions and uncertainties. Health warning: there are several unexploded land mines buried in my writing. The reader is advised to tread warily.

Traveled extensively in Europe, North, Central and South America. Speaks four languages. Photograph: I'm the one on the left wearing the hat.

Books

Vol. 4 Streets Paved with Gold
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,120. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
These 15 short stories continue the African themes of the others in the series. Some have a strong ethnic flavour (Xhosa legends, polygamy) some have historical settings (the 1921 miners’ strike, the British ultimatum leading to the Anglo-Zulu War) and modern social issues (xenophobia, working class religious sects).
Vol. 3 Streets Paved with Gold
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,660. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Johannesburg, the city of gold where the streets are literally thought to be paved with gold. This collection of 18 short stories continues the African theme. Most of the stories have a strong ethnic flavour (lobola, myths and legends). Some are contemporary (life in a squatter camp, scenes from a literary centre, gangsterism). The stories range from serious to humorous.
Vol. 2 Streets Paved with Gold
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,080. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This collection of 20 short stories is set in Africa. Themes range from: historical (the Anglo-Boer War, The Bambatha Rebellion), Shakespeare in Africa (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), stories with a strong cultural flavour (legends, witchcraft, lobola), modern settings (illegal mining, street vendors in the city), and political (forced removals). The stories range from serious to humorous.
Vol. 1 Streets Paved with Gold
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,390. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This collection of 19 short stories has Africa as a common theme. They range from stories with a strong ethnic flavour (a day in the life of a Zulu herd boy, Xhosa burial customs, Khoi Bushmen of the Kalahari) to historical (Anglo-Zulu War), to political (Apartheid) and to modern settings (street vendors in the city, the scourge of Aids). The stories range from serious to humorous.
Gutter Press
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,940. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Gutter Press is one of those publications that dig up dirt on the rich and famous. I bet you would never admit to reading it. But, let me tell you: the rich and famous do read it. They have to. Gutter Press was the first to reveal that Elvis Presley’s last rock show was in a mortuary and that the Russians were the first to land on the moon. There’s more. Extra…. extra…. read all about it.
It Never Rains in Paddafontein
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,700. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Let me introduce you to the residents of Paddafontein (Frog Fountain in English) a remote village in the semi-desert Karoo district of Southern Africa. The people could be described as: rustic, quaint, garrulous, conservative, suspicious of outsiders and at times more than a little strange. Most of the stories are humorous, a few are serious and all have a strong ethnic flavour. Please enjoy!
Stirring the Pot
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,080. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This collection of short stories ranges from Sci Fi to murder and from humour to satire. The Sci Fi stories are at the human level rather than epics. The stories in “Big Companies for Dummies” continue the series about life in the corporate world. Some are serious and some are humorous, although, the reader might well laugh through gritted teeth.
A Girl's Best Friend
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,500. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Often, they are a man’s too and sometimes they tempt him to steal, cheat and murder. We meet a brother and a sister competing for their inheritance. We see the “wives” of a bigamist plotting revenge and a young man trying to steal from his company. The final story is a novella about the lives of successive owners of a diamond which exhibits unusual properties.
Heard It on the Grapevine
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,810. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literary collections » African
This volume comprises two collections of short stories. The theme of the first is: love, jealousy, revenge and murder. The second set describes the world of big corporations. Anyone working for a big organization might recognize some of the stock characters and situations. Most of the stories are humorous. However, you might find yourself laughing through gritted teeth.

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