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Martinique Stilwell

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About Martinique Stilwell

Martinique StilwellMy father gave me the rather exotic name of Martinique but I was born in Benoni (just like Charlize – although she’s taller than I am).

Benoni is very far away from the sea. That didn’t stop my father from buying a yacht and taking the whole family, including my mother’s poodle Pepe, sailing around the world.

After these childhood adventures, I studied medicine at Wits University in Johannesburg and then worked in rural Natal for a year, before setting off to Canada where I ended up in the Arctic, treating Inuit patients, canoeing with beluga whales and dodging the hungry polar bears which occasionally wandered into town.

These days I live a relatively sedate life in Cape Town. I work as an anaesthetist and write whenever I can. When I can’t, I rock-climb, surf, and sail dinghies really badly with my family.

Thinking up a Hurricane is my first book.


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