Who is Shirley Deane? — you ask. I didn't know until a couple of years ago. Her book, An Unreasonable Woman: In Search of Meaning Around the Globe, sat on a shelf in my bookshop for at least a year. The title was intriguing, but the cover illustration just didn't grab me. I kept moving it from place to place, until one day I read the blurb, flipped through a few pages, and I was hooked.
Amidst a successful career in music and entertainment, Shirley dropped all that and drove half-way around the world in a Land Rover, by herself except where forced to travel with armed guards.
After a stormy romance in the Middle East, she gave up all her worldy possessions as part of a spiritual journey in India.
Her adventures continued as she edited and published a book on Black South Africans, despite break-ins and death threats from an Apartheid regime.
|Shirley Deane and Elizabeth Saunders|
I was delighted to attend Shirley's recent booksigning at Scuppernong Books.
At "nearly 80," she exuded life and feistiness as she recounted some of her stories.