As one bumbles and stumbles one's way through life, if you're lucky you pick up a bit of wisdom or even plain commonsense on the way. I wrote A Recipe for Dreaming by mistake. Five young woman, four of them studying Medicine and one Law, came to see me one Friday afternoon. "We've all read The Power of One and we think you should tell us what to do with our lives," one of them said as the opening to the interview. Naturally I was totally flummoxed. "I don't think I'm qualified to do that," I replied weakly. We spent the next hour talking but when they left I was left feeling as though I'd let them down. So that weekend I sat down and wrote them a letter, telling them some of the things I felt about life. I posted it and heard no more until a year later when I was sitting in the office of my publisher and there, on the desk in front of me was my rather long letter to the five young women. "Where'd you get that!" I exclaimed. "Funny you should ask," she replied, "it's something that's going around all the campuses in Australia, my daughter got it as a photocopy." She sighed, "We'd love to publish it, but we don't know who wrote it. " Well, to cut a long story short, A Recipe for Dreaming, now delightfully illustrated by Ann Williams, has sold several hundred thousand copies. If you think you could use a little second hand wisdom, or know someone who could use a little encouragement, you'll probably find this little book may suit the task nicely.
Bryce gives an overview of the book:
I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo Mountains. I wrote my first book, The Power of One, when I was 55.
I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of...