White Bird Under the Sun is the charming story of an idyllic African boyhood, the author takes you on a journey through Africa that will warm your heart, as you share with him the joy and travails of childhood. Although based on the authors own upbringing, the book is t pitched as an autobiography but rather a passage, where the author shares with you the wonder of Africa as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The story starts right in the womb, recounts the early years in Johannesburg, then the family travel to cowboy country Northern Rhodesia. There is gritty realism in the story, as the white bird matches himself against his formidable sisters, yet through his journey he is supported always by loyal Twiny. This is t a tale of high adventure or romantic love, but rather the lifetime memories that are engendered, when your first Tiger Fish kicks at your line or your first buck lies dead at your feet. This book describes the deep wonder you feel when you first set eyes on the magnificent Victoria Falls, or watch a fish eagle swoop down on the mighty Zambezi river, fly with the white bird and share the African memories that can never be felt again.
Patrick John Stevens was born in Johannesburg in the same month Alan Paton completed Cry, the Beloved Country, December 1946 was coincidently also the month that Steve Bantu Biko was born, so some characters in the first Pat Stevens novel derive from both. The Greatest Game is a four book anthology which describes the South African transition to democracy, the book details the scepticism of the liberal press that almost derailed the process, unfortunately these purveyors of doubt are still around today. So a follow up novel titled Hero of the Struggle is set against the rise to power of Jacob Zuma, it describes the complicity of the press in his eight year persecution, and the long struggle to effect the dropping of charges against an innocent man. A semi-autobiographical third book titled White Bird Under the Sun is available at Amazon, as is an anthology of selected short pieces titled Parables and Poems, while the keenly awaited new novel titled Zulu Vampire has now been released.