Roberta Eaton Cheadle

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Between worlds

By all accounts, there needs to be a bit of death in order to access the world between… although, there are some exceptions. See what you make of these:

Death on the Vine – L Lee Kane
Chilled to the Bones – Linda Lee Kane
The Sorceress – Linda Lee Lane
Death is an Illusion – L Lee Kane
Death is Waiting – Patricia Simpson
Cruel Deflections – Geoff Brown
Through the Nethergate – Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Shaka are Dead – John Samson
Shadowshine – Keith Howard

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Robbie Cheadle appreciation

Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle has been an author with TSL since early days when she started the Sir Chocolate series. For anyone following Robbie’s blogs and writing, you’ll know she’s a prolific writer across a range of genres as well as illustrator. Sir Chocolate is illustrated with fondant characters and settings while her most recent book about Neema the Misfit Giraffe and not published by TSL Publications, shows off Robbie’s new hobby – painting.
This may strike you as strange coming from a publisher – promoting a book not published by the publisher – but that’s the TSL way, especially when we’ve been on the journey together. There comes a time when a book or series’ journey requires it to go in different directions. The opportunity presented to Robbie to publish Neema as she has came about through a South African that had to be embraced. Great going Robbie! and Michael, who co-authors with her.
From discussions I’ve had with Robbie over the years, we’ve both found the experience of working together, and also separately, invaluable in terms of market knowledge and the intricacies of the publishing world.
I don’t need to spell out the value of the Sir Chocolate series. The fact that the South African Department of Education has asked for copies of her books to go into primary schools says it all… and also says volumes about the connection Robbie has with young people – helped of course by son Michael.
Of Robbie’s other books, TSL has published While the Bombs Fell, co-authored with her mother Nancy Hancy Eaton and under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle, the book tells of her mother’s experience of growing up in England during the Second World War (compare with Ray Wooster‘s experiences).
Then, there’s A Ghost and His Gold – an adult novel set in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 as well as the present – a mystery surrounding buried gold. Get taken back in time to explore a significant aspect of white South African history and how it plays out in the 21st century.
Ghosts and things supernatural feature in other writing by Robbie too – Haunted Halloween Holiday is another children’s book, while Through The Nethergate is for older readers again. While the supernatural is not top of my preferred reading list, I appreciate the setting or context and the development of the story, recognising the supernatural elements are a means to facilating the action. A well-told story is always worth reading.


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Horses and donkeys

In days gone by, horses and donkeys were important for transport. Today in many rural settings, they can still be found performing similar functions whilst in more affluent areas, horses are a hobby and income earner through racing. They feature in fiction and non-fiction books alike. Here’s a sample of what horses featuring on covers by TSL authors:

Three books concern the Anglo-Boer or South African war on 1899-1902, two of which are non-fiction: British Military Chaplaincy and Religion in South Africa 1899-1902 and Practically Over. The third is a novel by Robberta Eaton Cheadle, A Ghost and His Gold.

Two others are children’s books – a working horse features in Towing Path Tales while The Amorous Adventures of Big Ben, a Shire horse, tells of a horse all alone in a field, his work done, finding love.

Family are the Friends you Choose is an autobiography by Marthe Kiley-Worthington who forms relationships with animals, and horses in particular, that are close to human. Ever heard of a horse in a kitchen and watching television?
Another autobiography is that by Ray Wooster, My 30’s and 40’s Childhood featuring his toy horse. Ray goes on to write about horses in his A Boy’s War Journal, a novel set in and post-World War 2 London.

Finally, John Samson’s A Donkey called Oddsock, a novel, set somewhere in Africa, tells of a donkey’s journey as he and his young master try to avoid being recruited as child soldiers.

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Robbie Cheadle and Michael

About Robbie

Robbie is a qualified chartered accountant and works in corporate finance specialising in advice relating to the listings requirements of various stock exchanges, in particular the JSE Limited, and takeover law. Robbie’s hobbies are writing poetry and children’s stories as well as baking and fondant art.
Here she tells why she became an author

Find Robbie on Facebook. She’s also on Twitter @bakeandwrite and with a new website.
For more about Robbie and her books, see here.
Robbie’s son Greg has captured some videos of Robbie and Michael baking showing you how to make their various creations. Alongside the videos on TSL, Greg and Robbie now have their own channel.

You can see more about Sir Chocolate on youtube too (2022).

In January 2017, Robbie featured on Smorgasbord Meet and Greet,
in February 2017, Mystery Thriller Week.


Silly Willy featured on Lisa Burton Radio on 25 May 2017

Robbie tells Allan Hudson why she published the Sir Chocolate series – 20 January 2018
Inspired by Sir Chocolate
Robbie shares with Esther Chiltern on writing adult books: Through the Nethergate

About Michael

At ten years old, Michael, a student in Johannesburg, came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment.

Books by Robbie

Sir Chocolate Books by Robbie and Michael

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Time travel

I can’t say time-travel is one of my favourite things although I do sometimes think it would be wonderful to ‘beam me up, Scottie’ to get to another country rather than go through all the hassle of airports and sitting on a plane for many hours. Recently, I’ve had a few encounters with time travel in novels. What seems to be trend for time-travellers is that their clothes are behind the times and the give-away.

In The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Henry keeps arriving in new time zones naked. The reason given for this is so that his clothes do not give him away. He needs to find attire for the time he’s visiting.

Nick Horgan has Memories of Time Travel in his collection of short stories by that name, while in The Land of Counterpane, Tricia Price takes young readers back in time with some historical fiction, similarly young Christopher Crown travels back in time to join Nelson’s navy.
Other TSL authors who deal with changes in time and space are John Samson in Reading Lady Chatterley in Africa and The Fall of the Romance Empire, Gideon Masters in the Lucifer’s Child trilogy, Robbie Cheadle in Through the Nethergate and Beatrice Holloway in Elusive Destiny.

first published 12 January 2017, updated 2024