Book launch to be held in Nieu-bet­hes­da next week

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NIEU-BET­HES­DA — B­ri­o­ny C­his­holm li­ves in Ca­pe Town with two cats and a la­bra­dor. She is an in­cor­ri­gi­ble pe­op­le wa­t­cher and e­a­ves­drop­per. She has vi­si­ted Nieu-bet­hes­da o­ver the y­e­ars and lo­ves the pla­ce which is why she is doing a launch of her new book ‘One Nig­ht On­ly’ in the vil­la­ge next week. In 1996, a­ged 21, on her way ho­me from fi­nis­hing her de­gree in phar­ma­cy at R­ho­des U­ni­ver­si­ty, B­ri­o­ny was in­vol­ved in a car ac­ci­dent that left her qua­dri­ple­gic. She took ni­ne mont­hs out to re­co­ver and get u­sed to li­fe in a w­heel­chair and then do­ve straig­ht back in to do her phar­ma­cy in­terns­hip at the hos­pi­tal on the gold­mi­ne that she grew up on. With that in the bag, she flew the coop and mo­ved to Ca­pe Town, w­he­re she has li­ved e­ver sin­ce, wor­king at the Me­di­ci­nes In­for­ma­ti­on Cen­t­re and Na­ti­o­nal HIV and TB Hot­li­ne ba­sed at UCT as an in­for­ma­ti­on phar­ma­cist. Af­ter doing ex­ten­si­ve tra­vels to cli­ni­cs throug­hout South A­fri­ca in 2016 to pro­mo­te the HIV Hot­li­ne, her it­chy feet and de­si­re to wri­te got the bet­ter of her and she now works part-ti­me for the hot­li­ne and part-ti­me for her­self, wri­ting, tra­vel­ling and wri­ting a­bout tra­vel­ling (both in the sp­he­re of acces­si­ble tra­vel and com­mon garden a­ble-bo­died tra­vel). She is pret­ty su­re that she is the fier­cest boss she’s e­ver had. In w­hat can on­ly be at­tri­bu­ted to so­me kind of mid­li­fe cri­sis, she is al­so stu­dying for a Pos­t­grad Di­plo­ma in HIV and TB Ma­na­ge­ment – so­mething she is pas­si­o­na­te a­bout – through the U­ni­ver­si­ty of Ca­pe Town, whi­le at­temp­ting to fi­nish the se­cond book – a very dif­fe­rent one ‘ One Nig­ht On­ly ‘– and still keep food on the ta­ble. If she gets it rig­ht, she will gra­du­a­te in 2020, al­most a quar­ter cen­tu­ry af­ter her last gra­du­a­ti­on. B­ri­o­ny has been in re­la­ti­ons­hips, and out of them, in va­ri­ous forms, o­ver the past for­ty-odd y­e­ars and u­ses so­me of the­se ex­pe­rien­ces in her wri­ting. ‘One Nig­ht On­ly’ is her la­test no­vel and ‘Dus­t­co­vers’ book­s­hop in Nieu-bet­hes­da is ex­ci­ted to host B­ri­o­ny on 1 No­vem­ber at 17:30. Set in Ca­pe Town, ‘One Nig­ht On­ly’ chro­ni­cles the li­fe of 33-y­e­ar old Sa­rah Traf­ford, who has sworn off com­mit­ted re­la­ti­ons­hips af­ter her last fai­led af­fair. In t­his book ex­is­ts a fa­mi­li­ar wor­ld of las­ci­vi­ous bos­ses, he­art­b­re­a­kers and han­gers-on. Whi­le we are as­ked to con­si­der the me­a­ning of ‘e­ver af­ter’ within the le­vi­ty pro­vi­ded by Sa­rah’s an­ti­cs, the sto­ry is fun, hu­mo­rous and en­ter­tai­ning.

The book ‘One Nig­ht On­ly’ will be laun­ched in Nieu-bet­hes­da next week. INSET: B­ri­o­ny C­his­holm, aut­hor of the book ‘One Nig­ht On­ly’.

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