Vincent Gray

Biography

As a son of a miner I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. I grew up on the East Rand mining town of Boksburg. I matriculated from Boksburg High School. After high school I was conscripted into the South African Defence Force for compulsory national military service when I was 17 years old. After my military service I went to the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating with a BSc honours degree I worked for a short period for the Department of Agriculture in Potchefstroom as an agronomist. As an obligatory member of the South African Citizen Miltary Force, I was called up to do 3 month camps on the 'Border' which was the theatre of the so-called counter insurgency 'Bush War'. In between postgraduate university studies I also worked as a wage clerk on the South African Railways and as a travelling chemical sales rep. I am currently working as a molecular biologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I am employed to do teaching and research. My students and I are doing research into the genomics of strange and weird animals known as entomopathogenic nematodes.

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World of Shadows
Price: Free! Words: 24,810. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the dying days of apartheid a Communist detained by the security police finds herself in a world of shadows, smoke and mirrors, where truth and falsehood seemed to merge seamlessly. It was also a world in which men and women lied shamelessly, and betrayal became the reality of not only the counter insurgency game but also the ultimate inexorable destiny of the revolution.
Look Not Upon Me
Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
After six years of self-imposed exile as a teacher in Swaziland who is also a correspondence student studying Hebrew returns to South Africa shortly after the June 16th Soweto youth uprising in 1976. She has returned to complete the research for her MA degree which involves a philological analysis of the original Hebrew version of the Song of Songs. Her return is marred by experiences of racism
Discovering Paradise
Price: Free! Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
At twelve I was personally experiencing an intimate state of bodily strangeness. My sense of otherness increased my moodiness. My dark moods and adolescent sullenness were due to the fact that I was in the throes of a dramatic psychosexual metamorphosis orchestrated by a surging flood of oestrogen and progesterone. The drama of glands and ganglia within my body was invisible to me and the world.
Raghavee: The Immoral Housekeeper
Price: Free! Words: 14,750. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this novella there are echoes of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd. The setting is rural and in a sense it is also idyllic. The daughter of an Indian shop keeper is pursued by an eccentric suitor. An unexpected turn of events results in the daughter becoming the suitors house keeper.
Metamorphosis
Price: Free! Words: 30,050. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
How could a feminine conscious self-awareness arise from the material constituents out of which the Universe was composed? Feminization was to become fabulous, to be feminine was to be ‘fantastical’. To be fantastical was to be whimsical, fanciful, sublime and above all, magnificent in a freshly metamorphosed body.
The Wind Blows and the River Flows
Price: Free! Words: 29,860. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this novella Joab Badenhorst as a white South African male finds himself literally thrown into the cauldron of war, fighting on the wrong side of history, first in the counter-insurgency bush war on the Namibian-Angolan border and then in the Angolan civil war. Unable to extricate himself he experiences at first hand the existential futility of his life in a Universe ruled by contingency.
The Black Maid from Ikageng. An African Novella.
Price: Free! Words: 34,650. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young black woman desperately seeking work is forced by economic circumstances to accept the position as a domestic servant in the employment of two postgraduate students studying at the University of Potchefstroom who live in a cottage hidden among acacia trees at the edge of town. A relationship develops between the maid and one of the students which plunges them into a life changing crisis.
Comrade Hannah
Price: Free! Words: 5,870. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A lipstick lesbian who is a radical feminist joins the communist party not knowing that her every move is under constant surveillance, but she is saved from arrest by the security police by the intervention of the most unlikely guardian angel.
The Secret Agent
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
It was difficult to fathom Sheldon. He did come across as a hard line Leftist or Marxist. This was confusing for me and for the others. Was he phony or was he genuine. I could honestly not tell at the time.
The Fragrance of Fresh Jasmine
Price: Free! Words: 5,790. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Her weeping over her loss of faith in the early hours of the morning, in the pitch darkness before dawn, woke me up from a deep slumber. I had fallen asleep after we had made love. All this time she had been lying awake in anguish. In desperation she asked me like a child: ‘What must I do now if there is no God?’
The Model from Senegal
Price: Free! Words: 23,370. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Basking in the Mediterranean sun, visiting art museums in Italy, and walking the streets of Paris a young student from Africa embarks on a journey of love and erotic adventure.
Nonhlanhla’s Silhouette
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Under the veil of night multiracial love in apartheid South Africa with all its painfulness exists as a transient shadow for two women before withering away in the dawn of a new day.
The Rabbi's Wife
Price: Free! Words: 10,170. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A strange and unlikely romance begins on a night-train journey, the romance fraught with deception, contradictions and comedy borders on farce. The love between the two individuals requires them to negotiate impossible obstacles, and all the time the Rabbi remains completely oblivious of his beautiful wife's secret love life.
The Barracuda Night Club Mystery
Price: Free! Words: 63,910. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This novel is the third book in the Barracuda Night Club trilogy. Aaron and Geraldine leave apartheid South Africa for Swaziland where they start their careers as teachers at a remote mission station in a valley at the foot of the great Lebombo mountains. They go on an erotic honeymoon journey into Mozambique. This is the first stage in the unravelling of the mystery of the Barracuda Night Club
Who was Oreithyia ?
Price: Free! Words: 81,970. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This novel is the second book in The Barracuda Night Club trilogy. The entanglement of the lives of Aaron and Geraldine grows more complex. progressing inexorably to the inevitable crisis which sets them onto the journey to the Barracuda Night Club.
The Mouse Trap
Price: Free! Words: 21,380. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This novella is meant to shock you and thereby save you from the monotony, boredom and death that is the fate of a mundane existence which we all suffer like some innocuous illness of the soul and mind. The story which emerges from a discussion between two old friends revolves around the memories they share of three people, Charles, Vera and Paula, who touched their lives in an unspeakable manner.
Send Him My Love
Price: Free! Words: 15,380. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance
On a chance meeting on a flight to Paris a professor of philosophy tells a young fashion model an intriguing story of love triangles, infidelities, betrayal, forgiveness which revolve around a desirable young woman who could have been a character out of a Luis Bunuel movie as the one called 'That obscure object of desire'.
Three Days in Phoenix
Price: Free! Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
After Dr Trevor Guzmán had packed his meagre belongings into the boot of his dark blue Ford Capri he bid farewell to Potchefstroom. On the road to Johannesburg he stopped and picked up a hitchhiker. Little did he know that his life was going to change in the most unimaginable way.
Hotazel: Queer Memoirs of a Lipstick Lesbian
Price: Free! Words: 207,600. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Hotazel shares the sense of bodily confinement with works such as Descartes’ ‘Meditations’, Xavier De Maistre’s ‘A Journey around my Room’, Beckett’s Molloy and Malone, Bunyan’s ‘ Pilgrim’s Progress’, and Proust’s ‘Narrator’. Forced to endure the mind numbing paucity of events which usually interrupt and fill the normality of our daily lives, Hannah clings onto her sanity by exploring her memory
Devorah's Prayer
Price: Free! Words: 67,600. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In the heady 1970s Franco Sorrentino the grandson of an Italian prisoner of war and the son of a panel beater and Devorah Kirschenbaum the granddaughter of Jewish Trotskyite grandparents who fled Warsaw in 1939 and daughter of a prominent Johannesburg businessman become involved in a relationship. Together they become drawn ineluctably into radical political activism causing them to face choices.
Waterlandsridge
Price: Free! Words: 22,380. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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Waterlandsridge is the story of an African farm in the early 1960s told by two teenagers, a brother and a sister. Through what they see, experience and think we acquire an intimate insight into their rural universe with all its characteristic rhythms of life and death, hope and grief.
The Soccer Player
Price: Free! Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Sports
This is a short story dealing with the Sisyphean struggles associated with the passionate commitment to one's life project which in a sense is linked to the attainment of personal authenticity, it is about living a life centred around 'doing' rather than 'having'. It deals with the personal emotional costs of following one's dreams.
The Fable of the Elephant
Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Alternative history
The fable of the elephant is filled with unexpected ironies, twists and turns, and it will take another thousand years to unlock all of its secrets.
The Tale of the Sakabula Bird
Price: Free! Words: 43,420. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
A successful and wealthy artist in the autumn of his life who while living as a recluse meets a stranger one night at his regular watering hole in the bar of the Masonic Hotel in Boksburg. The stranger becomes intrigued by the eccentric artist and ends up spending the night listening to a strange and fascinating story about an incredibly beautiful woman who was a communist in the freedom struggle
The Girl from Germiston
Price: Free! Words: 98,210. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
After a chance meeting with the incurably fickle but exquisitely beautiful Helena Lathbury, Julian Bogart finds himself on a roller-coaster journey which takes him from the orphan city of Germiston to the streets of Paris. While in the Louvre after being warned by a stranger they discover that they have been mistaken for terrorists and their abduction by South African secret agents was imminent.
Rebekah of Lake Sibaya
Price: Free! Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Zebedee undergoes a life transforming journey while doing his national military service in the South African Defence force at Lake Sibaya in the company of two eccentric comrades. Through his two friends he is exposed to a whole new way of experiencing and perceiving the world. He also experiences enigmatic and paradoxical encounters with different women, including the mysterious Rebekah
Segomotso and the Dressmaker
Price: Free! Words: 140,710. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
While meeting Segomotso changed Joab's life forever that strange magical meeting was only part of Joab's story. The story of the 'Dress Maker' is also a story of his deconstructive reading of John Calvin. Joab's reading of Calvin's work takes the texts apart along the structural 'fault lines' created by the ambiguities inherent in the central concepts of Calvin's theology.
The Girl from Reiger Park. The Barracuda Night Club Trilogy: Book1
Price: Free! Words: 115,110. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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During the brutal and dark days of apartheid in the 1960s Aaron Finnegan a white teenager from a relatively wealthy upper middle class Boksburg family was stunned to learn that none of the fundamental questions of philosophy had ever been solved. He meets Geraldine McNamara, a black teenager, who is also a Tango dancer. Together they embark on journey that transgresses all apartheid boundaries..

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