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Annica Foxcroft

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Welcome to Annica Foxcroft’s Blog

Annica Foxcroft Writing is the most fun one can have on one’s own, according to Terry Pratchet……and I have to agree!

Looking back, I never had any plans, though, to write the particular story contained in There are Ants in My Sugar. Somehow it demanded its own expression and forced its way through my pen.

It deals with a bewildering, challenging period of my life – that somehow dragged out of me a survival instinct that I hardly knew I had.

More “Six months in Pofadder” than “A Year in Provence” – this experience I thought was sealed in a capsule marked SMALLHOLDINGS SA 1960’s …… no electricity, problems with the water supply, many cultures somehow living side by side “on the ground”, weird and wonderful accents in every conversation, a “sangoma” living next door …… but suddenly its strikes me, nothing much has changed!

So perhaps now, as then, laughter can help us transcend!


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    May 13th, 2008 @09:51 #

    Good to see a new blogger at BOOK SA.


  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Annica</a>
    May 14th, 2008 @15:55 #


    Thank you so much, all of you who have bought “Ants”, I am so happy you are having a good time with my story!

    “Ants” Update:
    The novel is flying out of Exclusive Shops.
    It’s the third best seller of Homebru’s Sales.
    It’s in number seven position in Exclusive Books sales SA wide.
    In the first 10 days of being on the shelves, Thomas Stein, the Publisher, had sold out of all stock and had to re-order.

    Hyde Park Exclusive invited me to talk to their Coffee Morning Book Club on the 30th April. Forty book club members met at Fratelli’s for coffee. They were enthusiastic, inquisitive and lots of fun and, to my amazement, one of the ladies turned out to have been a neighbour of mine in the sixties. She had lived on the Boswell Wilkie Circus Farm and, at that time, my humble pondokkie represented her pinnacle of desire since she was living in a caravan. A second lady said: “I know who your Jewish pig farmer was in the novel!” and she mentioned his name. She’d lived in Meyerton, down the drag, and the families had been close friends. Thinking these two co-incidences couldn’t be topped. I was stunned when a third lady crooked her finger at me and said “My niece is married to the Jewish pig farmer’s son. They live in the UK and I am on my way to visit them. Please inscribe a book for me to give to them.”

    You’ll understand the hollow feeling I had in my middle when you read the tidbit of personal information the father had shared with me about his son....

    After all, “Ants” is a novel not an historical account – who would imagine anyone would actually recognise any of the fictitious characters?!

    All feedback welcome!


  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    May 14th, 2008 @21:44 #

    Wow! Off to a flying start. Congratulations. Meyerton - that rings a bell. I spent most of my teens hanging around a quarry somewhere between Eikenhof and Walkerville. The absence of livestock or crops of any kind was amply compensated by the presence of barbed wire and gates. Probably to keep the slate clean.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Annica</a>
    May 26th, 2008 @09:12 #

    The Launch on Thursday 8th May, at Centurion Mall's Exclusive was quieter than the meeting with the Book Club at Hyde Park, Joburg - but it was very exciting. Nearly 50 people were there, 5 of them aspirant novelists who were keenly in search of a Publisher. I offered to get them in touch with my editor, Laura Boon, who is keen to meet them.

    The team at centurion were tremendously supportive and enthuiastic. They had gone to great trouble setting up an eyecatching and appealling Point of Sale display - complete with a meandering trail of printed ants across it visiting the sugar bowl. They displayed a colourful poster featuring an enlargement of the book's jacket, right at the entrance of the bookshop, and interest was keen and sales brisk. It was a memorable evening.

    On Wednesday 14 th May "Ants was launched at Exclusvie Sandton City. What an evening! Roughly 150 people came and went (and only left at closing time). the catering was great and generous and the crowd was excited and upbeat and chatting vigorously. Lots of photos were taken and lots of books bought. Many of the people there had already bought their copy and were talking enthusiastically about how much they had enjoyed it. They cam buying copies for friends and family.

    I got a tremendous kick out of listening to people receiving their colourful memories of South Africa's past, which had been stimulated by reading 'Ants'. They were so happy recalling experiences of lifestyles which have almost vanished in a few short decades. They delighted in the hardships and reversals the had overcome and, with delight, told me how those challenges had strengthened them, that South Africans are not wimps!

    Going to Durban for a week Launch of Exclusive Westville on Wednesday 21 May, 17:00 for 17:30 launch at Umhlanga on thursday 22 May as well!

    Love Annica

  • judles
    August 7th, 2008 @16:22 #

    Hi Annica
    I couldn't find another way to contact you so here's hoping you get my message. I run 2 bookshops in Knysna and I read about your book which sounds great - just what my customers would enjoy! But .... I can't seem to find anyone to sell it to me. Please help me out with a publisher or distributor so I can rush off and buy some copies. You can contact me on 04438248489 or
    Many thanks


    Judy Carter

  • petebower
    August 7th, 2008 @17:27 #

    Good afternoon, Annica
    You'll want to get a copy of the August edition of the Gauteng Smallholder magazine which contains a review of your book.

    Kind regards
    Pete Bower
    publisher, Gauteng Smallholder

  • mrsmosey
    September 20th, 2008 @12:12 #

    Hi Annica,
    Loving your book - about half way through. So sorry I missed the launch in May in Westville but only heard about "Ants" now on holiday when a friend lent me the book. Just curious and not sure where the book ends up but interested to know where Karen is today as well as Garth. If this is too personal to answer, I understand.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Annica</a>
    October 10th, 2008 @14:18 #

    Hi Mrs M!
    Please forgive this awful silence.The truth is more embarassing than an excuse woulod be so I hope you will simply accept my apologies. Garth died last Christmas. Karen is marriied and living in Canada.
    Did you know them? Would love to hear from you - warm regards, ANNICA

  • moira
    October 13th, 2008 @20:33 #

    Hi again Annica,
    Thanks for replying - No apologies please, I know you must be a busy lady!
    No I did not know your daughter or husband but after reading the book was just curious to know what happened to them (and you of course!. Is there going to be a follow up to 'Ants' or is there one already? Would love to read how you eventually got away from your 'pondokkie' and moved on! I just hate untied ends - hee hee!
    Regards Mrs M


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