Acclaimed and well-loved South African author Dalene Matthee died on the 20th of February 2005.
Matthee was born in Riversdale in the Southern Cape. After studying music, she began writing short stories and novels. Most of her novels are on-going bestsellers, and have been translated into more than fourteen languages. Penguin Books is her English language publisher and has published Fiela's Child, Circles in a Forest, The Day the Swallows Spoke, and in 2004, DreamForest, which is the translation of Toorbos.
Her last novel, Die Uitgespoeldes, which was completed shortly before her death, was published by Penguin in 2005 in both its original Afrikaans, and in English (entitled Driftwood).
To launch the Penguin Modern Classics Series, Penguin reissued Fiela's Child and Circles in a Forest.