Fransje van Riel
Fransje van Riel was born in Holland but moved to the East Sussex countryside, where she attended high school in the small village of Forest Row. Upon her return to The Netherlands, she embarked on a career in the airline industry, which saw her flying to all corners of the world, including East Africa and which rekindled a childhood passion for nature and wild animals. Unable to resist Africa's beckoning calls, Fransje eventually resigned as Royal cabin attendant for KLM to settle in South Africa, where she pursued a career in writing.
After covering numerous travel and wildlife related stories for a variety of South African magazines and newspapers, Fransje began writing her first book; a moving story about Karin Saks, who had dedicated her entire life to the welfare of primates. Life With Darwin and Other Baboons was subsequently published by Penguin South Africa with translation rights sold to Dutch publishing company The house of Books.
Fransje’s second book The Crowing of the Roosters chronicled the true life story of a young Xhosa girl called Nomfusi Yekani, which spanned five decades set against the backdrop of South Africa's apartheid government regime. The book was published by David Philip (Spearhead) and was the recipient of a nomination for The 2006 Sunday Times / Alan Paton Awards, Africa’s premier literary award.
After travelling around Southern Africa to write other freelance environmentally-
Her latest work of non-
Fransje lives in the leafy southern suburb of Constantia, Cape Town.