Teacher goes back to her childhood for latest novel

An English teacher has just published her second book, based on her childhood growing up in South Africa.

Gisela Hoyle has been teaching in Corby for five years, first at Lodge Park and now at The Kingswood School.

Gisela said: “I thoroughly enjoy teaching and living in Corby as there is a strong sense of community.

“The people are friendly and generous and I particularly like the sense of roots people have here.

“As I am a South African who grew up in the expat community of missionaries I have always slightly envied people who feel at home and part of where they live, rather than being outsiders.”

Her latest book, When the Turaco Calls, tells the story of two children growing up in South Africa during Apartheid and is semi-autobiographical.

Gisela said: “The heroine Marta’s circumstances are similar to mine growing up and I have used some of the events from my own life.”

It takes Gisela about nine months to write a novel once she has had the initial idea, and she gets up early in the morning so she can write before going to work. The idea for When the Turaco Calls came after someone asked her if she would ever write about Apartheid, having set her first novel in post-Apartheid South Africa. Gisela is considering setting her next novel in and around Corby.

She will be signing copies of When the Turaco Calls at Waterstones in Kettering on Saturday, August 25, from 10am to 4pm.