About Doug Hawkins

Following his retirement from the corporate world Douglas Hawkins has pursued his passion for studying the multifaceted histories and cultures of the people of South Africa, and the wide diversity of the country’s fauna and flora, geography and geology. 

He is a qualified Field Guide and a South African National Guide in history and culture.  For the past fourteen years he has been taking foreign tourists around South Africa and as far afield as Zimbabwe, Zambia and northern Botswana. He has visited the Anglo-Zulu battlefields on numerous occasions and it was during one such visit to the famous battle sites at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift that the concept of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ was born.

The author’s goal was to present a novel to be read from the Zulu point of view and which did not have the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift as their focal point, although they are dramatically described in the body of the novel. It had to be factually accurate in its portrayal of the war and cultural traditions of the time, fun to read and of great entertainment and informative value. The result is ‘My Brother’s Keeper’, the first of the genre of historical novels on the Anglo-Zulu war that approaches that war solely from the Zulu standpoint. Something whereby the reader can learn a little of our history and thoroughly enjoy doing so.

Previous hobbies have included yachting and the martial arts. He now lives in Johannesburg. He has two children and four grandchildren.