Book stranger than fiction

Hout Bay author Peter Kuhnert with Maire Fisher of Fish Hoek who interviewed the writers.

A writers’ group launched its fourth book at Kelvin Grove in Newlands last week.

The Write Girls was founded 12 years ago by Priscilla Holmes of Tokai.

The group consists of Lynn Rowand of Constantia, Caroline Gibert of Glencairn, Erika Hauptmann of Hout Bay, Susan Herrick of Kenilworth, Carole Armstrong-Hooper of Bantry Bay and Ms Holmes.

They meet regularly to hone and polish their talents (“The write girls share strong bonds and intricate tales”, Bulletin, January 28 2016).

In the group’s latest book, In Dire Straits, each writer has taken on a character in the story. The project started over two years ago, plotted and planned over a weekend in Hermanus. Little did they know then that it would eventually be based on a real-life drama.

The story revolves around Cape Town’s drought. Without giving too much away, it is while doing research on a water-related tour that fiction becomes fact. At this time they were halfway through the book and had to revise the plot.

In Dire Straits is available at 021 794 4841, or