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MISVERSTAND/YOU LOST ME

"Hierdie teks kan as een van Van der Vyver se top drie gelys word. MISVERSTAND is 'n weldeurdagte, insiggewende en genotvolle roman wat die fynere nuanses van menswees tot op die been ontgin."
Dewald Koen, LitNet

"'n Vars hoogtepunt in haar oeuvre...die soort roman wat 'n mens met 'n deurleefde lewenswysheid in kontak bring, wat ouerword op meesleurende manier draagliker maak."
Willie Burger, Vrouekeur

"Klassieke Marita van der Vyver; 'n boeiende verhaal met heerlike eg-menslike karakters met wie mens jou kan vereenselwig." Sarie

"'n Gevoelige tydsdokument wat die leser noop om wyer te dink en lees."
Schalk Schoombie, Netwerk24

"A thought-provoking page-turner... Well-crafted and with characters you will engage with as they come alive under Van der Vyver's pen, this is a delightful read."
Cape Times

"'n Heerlike tuimeltrein-rit van vars karakters, 'n enigmatiese verhaallyn en uitstekende vakmanskap."
Rooi Rose

"Marita hoef nie te wonder wat haar nalatenskap is nie, want haar naam sal generasies n haar steeds onthou word as di van een van ons beste skrywers."
LitNet

Volgehoude ode aan die Franse stad van liefde
netwerk 24

Soos al Marita van der Vyver se vorige boeke, is haar nuutste, getiteld Misverstand, boeiend vanaf bladsy 1.
Litnet

AL WAT EK WEET

"'n Moderne jeugverhaal wat kwessies aanroer en in 'n taal geskryf is wat hedendaagse tieners sal verstaan. Nog 'n veer in Van der Vyver se hoed."
Ilza Roggeband, Netwerk24

"Wys weer hoekom sy so hoog as jeugboekskrywer geag word."
Netwerk24

Marita van der Vyver is die derde pryswenner met Al wat ek weet en met hierdie knap vertelling wys sy weer eens hoekom sy so hoog as jeugboekskrywer geag word.
Gabriel is 'n tiernerseun van Kaapstad, maar ook anders as ander tienerseuns. Eerstens is daar sy agtergrond - sy ma is bruin, sy pa wit. Hulle het mekaar in die 'struggle' ontmoet en verlief geraak en kort na Nelson Mandela se vrylating getrou. Dan is daar Gabriel se ander belangstelling - anders as sy rugbyspelende skoolmaats, skryf hy gedigte, maar dis ook nie gewone gedigte nie, dis woorde wat gebruik word vir performance poetry, of liewer gedigte wat ge-rap en ge-slam word.
Na sy ma se dood en sy pa wat dit moeilik kan verwerk, gaan Gabriel deur 'n moeilike tyd. Hy blameer sy pa vir sy ma se dood en van 'n pa-seun-verhouding is daar geen sprake nie. Een keer per week moet hy sy hart by 'n sielkundige gaan uitpraat wat vir hom moeilik is - dis vir hom makliker om vir sy pa kwaad te wees.
Twee jong vroue kom tot sy redding. Helena, wat ook performance poetry doen en hom onder haar vlerk neem, en Sasha, of Sneeuwitjie, soos Gabriel haar noem, wat hy by sy sielkundige se spreekkamer ontmoet.
Al wat ek weet is 'n moderne jeugverhaal wat kwessies aanroer en in 'n taal geskryf is wat by hedendaagste tieners aanklank sal vind. Dis Marita van der Vyver op haar beste - sy verstaan die emosies en siel van tieners.

DIS KOUE KOS, SKAT - THE MOVIE

"Als hier is saamgeroer met net die regte mengsel van alles, en perfek voorgesit deur regisseur Etienne Fourie."
Leatitia Pople, Die Burger

"'n Komedie wat Afrikaanse rolprente se horisonne verbreed soos lakens wat wulps oopgegooi word. Koue kos was lanklaas so warm."
Leon van Nierop, Rapport

"It shines thanks to its attention to detail, mouth-watering dishes, beautiful cinematography, A-list cast and world-class direction."
Channel24 Movies

"A well-written screen adaptation delivers a wonderful movie that is truly worth the watch.
Channel24 Movie

SWEMLESSE VIR 'N MEERMIN

"Van der Vyver is op haar beste wanneer sy jeugboeke skryf. Lekker!"
Rooi Rose

"Met haar jongste jeugroman bewys Van der Vyver weer eens dat sy in voeling is met haar lesers en weet wat in tieners se koppe broei."
LitNet

"Kreatiewe en boeiende skryfstyl."
LitNet "

'n Onderhoudende, spitsvondige maar terselfdertyd ook uiters geloofwaardige jeugroman."
Thys Human, Huldigingswoord vir Scheepersprys

OLINOSTERS OP DIE DAK/RHINOCEPHANTS ON THE ROOF

"A whimsical way of addressing kids' fear of the dark, with their wildest imaginings brought to vivid life by the stunning illustrations."
Kulula.com

"Marita van der Vyver's classic kids' book is a vivid exploration of the young imagination."
You Magazine

WINTERKOS IN PROVENCE/WINTER FOOD IN PROVENCE

"Interessante stories, 'n klomp heerlike resepte om die winter se byt vas te vat, en pragtige foto's deur Lien Botha."
Platteland

"As jy hou van kosboeke ls, in die ware sin van die woord, sal jy mal wees oor Winterkos in Provence."
LitNet

"She brings (new ideas) with a story that sweeps you away for a few hours as you wander through these pages in search of inspiration."
Diane de Beer, Pretoria News

'N FONTEIN VOOR ONS DEUR/A FOUNTAIN IN FRANCE

"Van der Vyver's incisive, flowing and articulate style makes her a towering talent in South African literature. She brings new experiences and insights with every release."
Cape Times

'A French toast to a funny account of daily life in a foreign land'
Business Day

'It is Van der Vyver's comparisons with South African middle-class life and the way things are in France that make her books highly entertaining'
Cape Argus

'A colourful and cohesive big picture with all the tantalising detail'
Country Life

'The author has a great sense of humour - and has no qualms about laughing at herself'
The Mercury

Dié boek is soos ’n vitamien B-inspuiting vir “gewone” mense; jy behoort dit saam met die digbundels in die toilet te hou en jou daar gaan toesluit wanneer die yskas die gees gee of jy voel die kinders aanvaar jou as vanselfsprekend, skryf Dineke Volschenk.

Volg hierdie skakel om die volledige resensie te lees.

FORGET-ME-NOT BLUES/DIE BLOU VAN ONTHOU

'Richly variegated writing... Despite several dark topics, there are constant glimmers of Van der Vyver's well-known humour, so that the book never becomes ponderous or stodgy.'
Boeke24

'Forget-Me-Not Blues proves once again why Marita van der Vyver is one of the most popular authors in Afrikaans.'
LitNet

'Die beheersdheid waarmee sensualiteit gedurig op die grens tussen blootstelling en ontbloting gehou word, is die prysenswaardige aspek van die roman.'
Rapport

'Die werk van 'n uitermate vaardige skrywer wat weet hoe om 'n storie só te vertel dat dit 'n emosionele appèl op 'n wye leserspubliek maak.'
Louise Viljoen, Die Burger

'Beautifully descriptive foray into our forget-me-not SA history... A wonderfuly riveting history lesson for those South Africans who don't know as much as we could, or should, about our past.'
Cape Times

SOMERKOS IN PROVENCE/SUMMER FOOD IN PROVENCE

'Hierdie boek gaan nog 'n versamelstuk word.'
Rapport

'It has all the ingredients of a great book: Nostalgic stories, vibrant photographs full of light and wonderful food that real people long to eat.'
Aletta Lintvelt, food24

'Die ideale geskenk vir die tuisreisiger, maar beslis ook vir die amateurkok, windgat selebriteit-sjef, smulpaap, alleenloper, student, vegetarier en karnivoor ... Dit sal jou laat bek lek en stert swaai.'
Herman Lategan, Rapport

'Really a great read... Just begs you to get stuck in and have a go.'
Spill Food Magazine

'Sumptuous photographs of summery dishes and superb scenery of the French countryside are complemented by Van der Vyver's evocative writing, and of course her favourite family recipes.'
Test Kitchen

DIEONGELOOFLIKE AVONTURE VAN HANNA HOEKOM - THE MOVIE!!

• Kliek hier is die voorprent!

• Hanna Hoekom 'n hoogtepunt vir Suid Afrika

• Charming, with unaffected performances and supported by great CGI, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom is a good story for kids and adults alike.”
TONIGHT
Theresa Smith

5 Star Review – A Must See! “An Exceptional South African Film”
WRITING STUDIO

“Hierdie Marita van der Vyver boek word omskep in iets magies!”
CHANNEL 24

The film speaks to a broad range of people, and is worth seeing simply for the fact that it sees some of Van der Vyver’s warm and delightfully complex characters coming to life, and tells of a family vacation unlike any other.”
THE CITIZEN

DIS KOUE KOS, SKAT - JUST DESSERT, DEAR

The bright pink cover shouts chic lit, but - as is mostly the case with Van der Vyver - the secret lies in exposing the different layers ... This reader fell boots and all for the story of Clara Brand of Brand Street. Absolutely wonderful with a glass of wine at the fireside."
LitNet

"The book is often very funny, and also poignant."
The Witness

"n Baanbrekersroman ... iets werklik vernuwends (wat ook) vernuwing bring binne 'n spesifieke genre. (Ek kan my goed indink dat dit eendag die onderwerp vir 'n verhandeling gaan word: Die stemme in Dis koue kos, skat.)"
Crito, LitNet

"Bied leesgenot in minstens twee opsigte: die intertekstuele en -dissiplinêre verwysings, en as variasie op die briefroman-genre ... terselfdertyd 'n verhaal wat Marita-die-outeur- met duisende 'lewende' lesers deel."
Volksblad

"The usual Marita-success elements are there: fluently flowing language, convincing characters, drama, irony, lots of self-parody and lovely humour. There really are scenes that make you laugh out loud, and when you reread them later, the same thing happens again."
Fine Music Radio

FRANSE BRIEWE - POS UIT PROVENCE

"Her anecdotes are firmly based on everyday reality - even if it's the French version of it. You will never look at Provence with the same eyes again."
LitNet

"As Van der Vyver so brei soos sy skryf, spog haar gesin waarskynlik met truie wat die winterkoue kan verskrik, musse en serpe wat die sneeu kan laat smelt."
Boeke-Insig

"n Ras-egte storieverteller wat haar lesers weereens van die eerste tot die laaste rubriek bekoor met skerp humor en 'n kuier-Afrikaans wat só eie aan Van der Vyver geword het."
Rapport

TIME OUT - STILTETYD

'Van der Vyver is one of those writers who just gets better and better with every book, and she was pretty damn good to start with... One of the best books I have read this year... I cannot recommend highly enough that you get hold of a copy of it quickly. '
Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times

'A moving study of loss and survival which avoids any pat, feel-good platitudes.'
Michele Magwood, Sunday Times

'Van der Vyver has created a masterpiece in Time Out. It is an astonishing piece of work, dissecting mourning with laser precision.'
The Star

'Quite simply she is one of South Africa's best writers and has an uncanny ability to unlock the absurdity, sadness and joy of life in her writing.'
Cape Times

'Oh joy, another book by Van der Vyver!'
Cape Argus

"At times harrowing, the book is not oppressive but lifted by Van der Vyver's wisdom and ability to weave spells with her books... A writer who just gets better and better."
Fair Lady

'Time Out could have been grim, but it is not... It gleams with warmth and intelligence, and is something of a tour de force.'
Natal Witness

SHORT CIRCUITS - BESTEMMINGS

'Journeys of both body and mind are brought to the reader with Van der Vyver's well-developed ability to bring humour to pathos.'
Pretoria News

'In these stories, the mood varies from pathos to comedy, but all concern significant truths...that we all recognise and can relate to in different ways.'
Natal Witness

THERE IS A SEASON - VERGENOEG

8 november 2007

When I encountered Marita van der Vyver’s last book, Where the Heart is, I described it as ‘a pretty cake tin filled with slices of life’ and I mentioned how some of its tongue-in-cheek comments on people and personalities ‘made my shoulders shake with such uncontrollable mirth that I woke the sleeping man at my side’.

Well, Marita’s done it again. This time, when my chuckles woke the (same) man beside me, he knew enough to ask, “It’s that Afrikaans author again, isn’t it?”

There is a Season (translated from the Afrikaans Vergenoeg) is both very funny and very heart-breaking. It gives us Adele, a charismatic woman of 60, who leaves hospital to go home to rural Vergenoeg and die of cancer – in the arms of her adult daughters, the irritatingly responsible San and the unashamedly irreverent Bella.

As Adele's physical deterioration – and the feelings that accompany this process – is described in painful detail, we ache for all three characters. And we’re reminded of mothers and daughters and family and fights and present selves and past mistakes and journeys that, in the end, have nothing and everything to do with death.

Like Where the Heart is, There is a Season doesn’t read at all like a translation, instead featuring beautiful English flavoured with whimsical ingredients and delicious dialogue.
Tiffany Markman

WHERE THE HEART IS - DIE HART VAN ONS HUIS

Marita van der Vyver’s Where the Heart is is like a pretty cake tin filled with slices of life. And I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book (or indeed, a cake) this much.

With delicious tales about realities that resonate with everyone, like renovations, strikes and the quest for food colouring, the book offers a taste of life in Provence.

It is also full of unexpected humour. When I read this little gem, my shoulders shook with such uncontrollable mirth that I woke the sleeping man at my side:

“In French Alain is pronounced Aláng, Thomas is Tommah and Hugo is Ighó. Try and explain that to your uncle in Upington. My friend Koos gave up after three days and started calling Alain Elaine. Alain still calls Koos Quees.”

Formerly Die Hart van ons Huis, Where the Heart is doesn’t read like a translation – instead featuring beautiful English flavoured with whimsical Joanne Harris-type ingredients.

Not only a delightful book to read, it’s a wonderful book to own.
Tiffany Markman

TRAVELLING LIGHT- GRIET KOM WEER

‘Though it is written with a light and rapid touch, often irreverent and very funny, it is a profoundly satisfying read.’
Mail & Guardian

‘Van der Vyver writes with a light touch, amusing even when the subject matter is serious, and the peripheral characters are all beautifully drawn and make for a satisfying read.’
Natal Witness

‘It’s a blast from beginning to end … She writes well, has a wonderful sense of humour and tells a story of friends, family and lovers that’s quite endearing.’
Pretoria News

‘Van der Vyver knows how to entertain.  She also knows how to give real-life drama a magical twist.’
Femina

‘She examines the question of cross-cultural relationships and the changing nature of South African society … a wonderful read, arguably better than any of her previous novels.’
Mail & Guardian

BREATHING SPACE - WEGKOMKANS

'Van der Vyver’s compelling novel … covers ten years in the lives of a group of ten friends … counterpointing accounts of births, marriages, adulterous liaisons and deaths with the turbulent events taking place in the world outside.  It all makes for an absolutely gripping read.’
The Times

‘Van der Vyver has written yet another important part of the documenting of our history and she has done it with grace and humanity.’
Cape Times

‘Marita van der Vyver is one of South Africa’s greatest literary assets:  she is able to create the atmosphere of a country in turmoil yet deal so skillfully with the characters involved that you could actually be in any country in the world.’
The Argus

‘A gripping encounter … van der Vyver’s sensual style colours and crafts the novel.’
Pretoria News

‘A rich book, a multi-layered book, like a thickly-applied oil painting, where each stroke of viscous paint offers a different nuance and understanding.’
The Argus

‘Another winner from a fine South African author.’
Cape Times

‘Breathing life into Afrikaans literature.’
South Africa Times UK

‘Engaging and authentic.’
Mail and Guardian

CHILDISH THINGS - DINGE VAN 'N KIND

‘Van der Vyver writes perceptively about the delights and agonies of growing up.’
The Times

‘As complex as anything Margaret Atwood has written … finely shaped, deliciously bitter-sweet novel.’
Mail and Guardian

‘Marita van der Vyver’s exuberant, compassionate meditation on growing up is funny and occasionally heartbreaking.’
Mail on Sunday

‘Evocative, nostalgic portrait of the mid-seventies … sometimes agonizing, sometimes hilarious, often profound.’
The Argus

‘A book to think about and read again.'
Brigitte (Germany)

ENTERTAINING ANGELS - GRIET SKRYF 'N SPROKIE

‘A real rarity … funny, wry … hard to resist.’
New York Times Book Review

‘Sharp, intelligent, provocative and honest, it’s also very, very funny.’
Mail on Sunday

‘Heartbreaking enough to matter and risqué enough to make you laugh, shudder, or maybe both'.
Milwaukee Journal

‘One of the discoveries of the year.  A magical tale, beautifully written and humorous.  You’ll be glued to every word.’
Company

‘For those who’ve encountered romantic travails, the kind of good company misery loves.’
The New Yorker

‘Bridget Jones with more brain cells and much more style … real emotion and real humour … a real book, for that matter.’
Cosmopolitan (France)

‘Unlike any fairy tales you’ve ever read … funnier and more varied than Angela Carter’s Freudian rewrites and subtler than Fay Weldon’s wish-fulfillment fantasies … A beguilingly fresh and optimistic look at life after marital breakdown.’
London Time Out

‘Funny, intelligent, and inventive … A modern-day fairy tale with an irreverent feminist twist.
Kirkus Reviews

‘Inventive … puts a witty feminist spin on the brothers Grimm.’
Ms. Magazine

‘Delightfully loony.’
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