WorldCat Identities

Silke, Elsa

Works: 24 works in 61 publications in 2 languages and 2,539 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bildungsromans  Romance fiction  War fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Christian fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  History 
Roles: Translator, Author
Classifications: PT6593.2.O8314, 839.3636
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elsa Silke
The girl from the train by Irma Joubert( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A sweeping international love story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the inhumanities of war and prejudice. Six-year-old Gretl and her sister jump from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother unable to squeeze between the bars covering the windows. The daughter of a German soldier, Gretl understands very little about how her grandmother's Jewishness brought her first to the ghetto, then to the train, and now, to the Polish countryside where she wanders, searching for food and water for her dying sister. Soon, Gretl finds refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter, and his family, where she is sheltered until the end of the war; Gretl is then sent away to a new life, a new name, and a new faith in Apartheid-era South Africa. As she comes of age in this strange place, she confronts its prejudices as she hides the truth of her past from her new family. When Jakob makes his way to South Africa many years later, Gretl and Jakob are reunited in a love story that transcends time and distance and survives the ravages of hatred and war"--Provided by the publisher
Child of the river by Irma Joubert( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Persomi's dreams are much bigger than the world of poverty and deprivation that surround her in the Bushveld of the 1940s and 1950s in South Africa. Persomi is young, white and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm. Persomi's world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her. Her older brother, Gerbrand, is her lifeline and her connection to the outside world. When he leaves the farm to seek work in Johannesburg, Persomi's isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her--dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her--the tragedies of WWII and the devastating racial strife of her homeland--she finally discovers who she truly is and where she belongs. A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Persomi's English language publication solidifies Irma Joubert's important place in the canon of inspirational historical fiction"--
The crooked path by Irma Joubert( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation. Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend's older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie's dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine. Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them. Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another's company again, and they are given another chance at a life together"--
This life by Karel Schoeman( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"THIS LIFE considers both the past and future of the Afrikaner people through four generations of one South African [family]. Told from the perspective of one woman in her final days, it is a lyrical account of a 200 year old culture and history that has been irrevocably lost."--Publisher's note
To hell with Cronjé by Ingrid Winterbach( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two scientists, Reitz Steyn and Ben Maritz, find themselves in a "transit camp for those temporarily and permanently unfit for battle" during the Boer War. Captured on suspicion of desertion and treasonùduring a trek across an unchanging desert of bushes, rocks, and ant hills to help transport a fellow-soldier, who has suffered debilitating shell-shock, to his motherùthey are forced to await the judgment of a General Bergh, unsure whether they are to be conscripted into Bergh's commando, allowed to continue their mission, or executed for treason. As the weeks pass, and the men's despair at ever returning to their families reaches its peak, they are sent on a bizarre mission ; A South African Heart of Darkness, Ingrid Winterbach's To Hell with CronjT is a poetic exploration of friendship and camaraderie, an eerie reflection on the futility of war, and a thought-provoking re-examination of the founding moments of the South African nation. --Book Jacket
Sacrificed by Chanette Paul( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congo's diamond mines. Belgium's art galleries. South Africa's racist past. Caz's family tree ushers deadly consequences into the present
Roepman by Jan Van Tonder( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in Afrikaans and Undetermined and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both funny and terrible, magical and grimly realistic, this is a coming of age novel about a young boy living in a railway settlement in Durban in the mid-sixties. The narration is suffused with a sense of wonder and emotional resonance
The skin collector by Chris Karsten( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abel harvests and treats the skins of small animals which he trades for the authentic African and South American masks and tsantsas sold in his gallery in the city. For his fiftieth birthday he has special plans. He wants a new face for himself, one for special occasions. Ella Neser's first murder case is that of a young woman with a piece of skin missing from her shoulder
To hell and gone by Casparus Johannes Bakkes( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author's adventurous spirit has taken him to destinations all over the world, the common thread being that these places are almost always off the beaten track. This collection of thrilling stories recounts his numerous exploits, such as climbing the Ras Deshen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, or venturing into the Danakil desert, one of the most inhospitable places on earth. He also writes enchantingly about adventures much closer to home. To Hell and Gone is a book to inspire the adventurer in us all
Abel se lot by Chris Karsten( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ella Neser is on compulsory sick leave after her close encounter with Abel Lotz's scalpel. Between therapy sessions and harp lessons, she ponders over the photographs of Abel's four victims, dead set on catching him before he kills again. When a burglary results in the death of one of the victims, Ella returns to duty to catch the culprits. But she isn't the only one on their trail. Has Abel Lotz returned, or is there a new killer in Dorado Park?
The crooked path by Irma Joubert( Recording )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation
Vaselinetjie by Anoeschka Von Meck( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helena Bosman, or Vaselinetjie, as her ouma and oupa calls her, is taken away to a boarding school far from her home in the Northern Cape. A heart-warming story about a girl's triumph over dire circumstances
The children's day by Michiel Heyns( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in Undetermined and Afrikaans and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The award-winning South African author of The Typewriter's Tale presents the story of a young boy who grows up in a state-free village during the 1960s apartheid years, where he interacts with a range of eccentric fellow characters and confronts strange and sometimes violent expressions of class, race, and gender
Kukumakranka : Khoi-Khoin culture, customs and creative cooking by Renata Coetzee( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living without Liesl : how do you come to terms with the murder of your child? by Douwleen Bredenhann( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a normal Friday in 1988, Douwleen Bredenhann's daughter Liesl went outside to feed the dog - and a few minutes later, the family was shattered by her murder. This is the true story of how Douwleen and her family began the long, slow process of learning to live with tragedy
In the never-ever wood( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here, in In the Never-Ever Wood are sixty stories, selected and retold by fairy-tale lover and compiler of children's books Linda Rode. Smaller folks, who have the stories read to them, as well as self-readers, will derive an equal amount of pleasure from this book. It is a comprehensive collection that will open up the wide, wide world of fairy tales and other folklore to children. A short annotation at the end of each story points out the land of origin and puts the stories from Africa, Europe, the East and other parts of the world in context with one another. Fiona Moodie's evocative illustrations are drypoint etches printed by hand and painted afterwards - an intricate process that took more than two years to complete. The enchanting results make this book an art treasure for every child privileged enough to receive it"--Publisher's website
Face-off by Chris Karsten( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the streets of Bruges, the serial killer Abel Lotz is on the prowl again for tattooed skins for his Cosmic Journals. In a Sleep Inn in Bez Valley, Johannesburg, Warrant Officer Ella Neser finds Abel's trail. But she also has to investigate the murder of a corrupt Home Affairs official, found frozen and naked by a lake, his throat cut. It is suspected that he supplied South African travel documents to Muslim militants and other customers willing to pay."--Back cover
To hell with Cronjé by Elsa Silke( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the last few weeks of the Anglo-Boer War, a small group of Boer soldiers escort a traumatised young man home. Amongst them are Reitz and Ben, who, as scientists, are increasingly aware of the futility of the war. Injury puts Reitz and Ben in the care of three women on a nearby farm, offering a chance for healing in more than one respect
Sirkus by Irma Venter( )

2 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's the eighties in Johannesburg. Adriana van der Hoon is eighteen years old. Her father, an anti-apartheid activist, smuggles money for the ANC using an NGO as a front. But then things change ... and now Adriana has to follow the money trial from Berlin to Johannesburg. Overnight Adriana acquires a new skills set, a lover and an enemy
Bushveld, desert & dogs : a game ranger's life by Christiaan Bakkes( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A second collection of stories from this well-known game ranger's life and adventures in the wilderness areas of Namibia. After he recovered from a crocodile attack in the late nineties, he has worked for almost 15 years in conservation and ecotourism. This is a selection from his two latest Stoffel-books and it includes a photo section in colour
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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.20 for The crooke ... to 0.77 for Kukumakran ...)

To hell with Cronjé
RoepmanTo hell and goneVaselinetjieThe children's dayKukumakranka : Khoi-Khoin culture, customs and creative cookingLiving without Liesl : how do you come to terms with the murder of your child?In the never-ever wood
Alternative Names
Silke, Else