Three years ago, a bone marrow transplant gave eight year old Rachel Ancer a new life. In Rachel’s Second Chance, the book that she wrote with a little help from her parents Jonathan and Jean Ancer – she tells her story and the mysteries of bone marrow transplants are simply explained. The book is available through the SA Bone Marrow Registry on www.sabmr.co.za
Putting her beliefs into action Lesley herself has written and published over 90 books – some of which have won and been nominated for awards including the Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and Hans Christian Anderson Awards. Born in Scotland and based now in South Africa, all her stories are set in Africa, from picture books for the very young, to teen novels YA, and notably for readers for whom English is a second, third, or even fourth language. But most importantly she’s passing on the skill, because Lesley TEACHES writing – for adults, and for children. In her Writing Life courses, also one of the co-founders of the Children s Book Network. But it’s often assumed writing for children is so much easier than writing for adults – so, is it?