A Bicycle, a Chess Set, an African River by Shiloh Noone


ISBN: 978-1-928518-78-5


This book is as much about recognising the intricate patterns of life as it is about life-skills

and the resilience of the human spirit. It makes for a fascinating read.”

Thembalihle Sidaki ‘Strangely all around him were hippos paddling, their ears twitching, seemingly oblivious to his presence –It was the strangest sight….

Occasionally the hippos would snort and rise to the surface yawning with a display of canine tusks that could snap that makoro in half with ease, yet that lone fishing boy kept retrieving his wicca nets without a care in the world.’



What makes Pat Simmons, a retired engineer, give up his comfortable middle class living and wade across a crocodile infested river with a bicycle strapped to his back, in order to teach chess to schoolchildren at the Mission station?

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Cape Talk radio presenter, Shiloh Noone’s first accolade for writing was for a poem called “Heaven’s Last Beast” – an Ode to Sperm Whales.

His Rock History book “Seeker’s Guide to the Rhythm of Yesteryear” has achieved a 4 star Rolling Stone Award.

These were followed by “Forty -Two for the Chosen Few” (a book of poetry) and his poem ‘’Amsterdam“ has been set to music.

His folk music radio show “Songcatcher” with FMR of many
years is legendary as is his current weekly show “The Magic
Bus” on 567 Cape Talk.

Shiloh’s exuberant Love of music and stream of consciousness is woven into the DNA of the narrator and Chess teacher in this evocative fictional African story.

He lives in Onrus, near Cape Town, alongside his Matshana Tribal Arts Museum and Lodge.

30 Maart 2021 Beste Verkoper by Exclusive Books, Somerset-Wes Mall.

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