• Martin Hatchuel, Its a pity I didnt bring any swords, childrens novel

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

A ghoulishly lekker local adventure on the Garden Route coast

A boy, his dogs, and his friend the 500-year-old ghost of a pirate boy, sail out of the Knysna Heads to look for the ghost's lost grandfather, who hasn't been seen for 150 years.

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...

Buy Martin Hatchuel's debut children's novel in the Garden Route

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'It's a Pity I didn't Bring any Swords' is available via the Top Reads catalogue from all good bookstores in South Africa.

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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.