It's a pity I didn't bring any swords

Coming soon: A ghoulishly lekker local adventure on the Garden Route coast

A water-crazy kid, his loyal dogs, and his friend Blueberry - the ghost of a sailor boy - set out to find Blueberry's lost grandfather, last seen 150 years ago.

All the way up and down the coast - from Noetzie Beach, east of the Knysna Heads, to Mossel Bay far away to the west - this story weaves imagination around actual historic events.

… But then our heroes meet the most famous ghost ship of all: the Flying Dutchman. And her captain doesn’t like dogs...

Martin Hatchuel's debut children's novel

Martin Hatchuel's 'It's a pity I didn't bring any swords' will launch in the second half of 2021 - watch this space!

  • Softcover copies of the book will be available via this page soon.

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Editor and book designer

It’s a pity I didn’t bring any swords' is edited by Mike Kantey of Watercourse, Plettenberg Bay, with cover design and book design by Christian Jaggers of OneDesign, Cape Town.