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Engela van Rooyen
Biographical info

Engela van Rooyen was born in Kakamas in the Northern Cape on August 11, 1939. She completed a BA Degree as well as a teaching diploma at the University of Stellenbosch. Later, she also completed a BA Honours Degree and an MA Degree at the University of Potchefstroom.

She is a diverse author who writes for adults as well as children, from humoristic stories to historical novels, from love stories to multicultural children's books.

In 1990 Engela's novel, In die oog van die web, was one of the finalists in the De Kat/Sanlam/Antenne Novel Competition. Her autobiographical work, Met 'n eie siekspens, was shortlisted for the CNA Prize in 1995. Her novel, Vuur op die horison, which is mostly about the Anglo Boer War, was shortlisted for the M-Net Prize.

Quite a few of her youth books have also been prescribed for schools.


She has written numerous lighter works under the aliases Engela Linde (her married name), Louisa du Toit and Barend Bornman.

Did you know?

· Engela is married to a church minister. Since their retirement, they have been living in Pretoria.
· She initially wrote numerous pieces for radio and in 1986 she won the second prize for radio drama in the Johannesburg Centenary Celebrations. In 2004 she won the second prize for established writers in RSG and Sanlam's radio drama writing competition with Omdat die wind alleen is.

Author bookshelf

Vuvuzela, Tafelberg (2005)
Die duiwe van Botala (2003)


Sanlam Prize for youth literature: Silver (2005) - Vuvuzela

List of titles


1970 Die wenteltrap
1973 Kontrapunt
1975 Vuurwag
1980 Dans van die seekat
1982 Vollermaan
1991 In die oog van die webbr /> 1994 Met 'n eie siekspens: jeugherinneringe
2000 Vuur op die horisonbr 
2005 Seisoene

Children and youth books
1977 Kaboeb en Koer
1979 Gesie van Sonsig
1979 Gesie maak lig
1979 Omkeer op Wolwekop
1980 Gesie in Villa Musica
1981 Gesie in diep water
1983 Janie in Akkerhof
1983 Tjarie kom huis toe
1984 Middelmannetjie
1988 Jan Môre en die hamer
1989 Joepie maak plek
1989 Koenie se ontdekking
1990 Jat kry vlerke
1990 Die môreboom
1993 Die duiwe van Botala
1995 Die nuwe woud
1997 Die Niemands van Langelaan ('n Sterstorie)
2005 Vuvuzela

Travel literature

1982 Om op eeue te loop: 'n Israel-dagboek

Religious works

1984 Briewe vir Sanet: lekkerlees-Bybelstudie vir vroue


Polish (2010)

Die nuwe woud (1995)
-English (The New Forest), Setswana, Xhosa, Zulu

Koenie se ontdekking (1989)
-English  (Stevie’s Treasure)

Jan Môre en die hamer (1988)
-English  (Johnny Later and his Hammer)

Books By This Author