Stephen Hayes is a South African author of both fiction and non-fiction books.
This page provides links to descriptions or reviews of his books.
Children's booksStephen Hayes has written three children's books -- Of Wheels and Witches, The Enchanted Grove and Cross Purposes, telling of the adventures of four children -- Jeffery Davidson, Catherine Kopirovsky, Janet Montgomery and Sipho Mdluli. These are rural adventure/fantasy stores.
Of wheels and witches
Of wheels and witches is a novel for children aged 9-12. Set in the southern Drakensberg of South Africa it tells the story of four children who discover a plot to accuse the father of one of them of witchcraft. Jeffery, Janet and Catherine travel with Sipho to warn his father of the plot against him. It is the first of a series of three stories.
The first edition, published as an ebook via Smashwords, is now out of print, and a second edition is being prepared for publication by Shack Simple Press of College Station, Texas, USA.
- Of wheels and witches -- further information, some reviews, and ordering information.
- Of wheels and witches -- GoodReads description and reviews.
- Apartheid and racism in children's literature -- a blog post on racism in children's literature, which also explains how Of wheels and witches came to be written.
The Enchanted Grove
The Enchanted Grove is a sequel to Of Wheels and Witches,
also set in the southern Drakensberg about 6 months later, in the
summer of 1964. Jeffery, Janet and Catherine find they have to deal with
bullies, poachers, political dirty tricks, and the same witch that they
had encountered before. It was published in March 2021, and is available both as an ebook and as a paperback. The books do not necessarily have to be read in order.
- For more information on the paperback edition, see here.
- For ebook editions in various formats (Mobi, Epub, PDF etc) see here.
- For the special Amazon Kindle edition, see here.
- For general information and reviews see the GoodReads page.
With the same main characters as Of Wheels and Witches and The Enchanted Grove, in Cross Purposes Jeffery and Janet travel to England for a reunion with Catherine and Sipho, and they explore Oxford and London together. Catherine's grandmother gives her a family heirloom, a jewelled cross. The children all travel to Italy for a seaside holiday arranged by Jeffery's parents to celebrate his twelfth birthday, but they are diverted to an unknown destination as Catherine's cross seems to be sending them mysterious messages warning of danger.
- Available as an ebook from Smashwords and other ebook retailers here.
- Reviews and readers' comments on GoodReads here .
The Year of the Dragon
The contentious items seem to be some old Russian ikons, but how they got to a remote farm and why others are so anxious to get hold of them is a mystery. The search for answers leads them to a strange hermit and an even stranger priest, and a drive of a thousand miles in search of King Lobengula’s legendary treasure.
Buy the ebook here from Smashwords and other retailers.
Theology and Missiology
Black Charismatic Anglicans
The Iviyo loFakazi bakaKristu (Legion of Christ's Witnesses) is a charismatic renewal movement that started among Zulu-speaking Anglicans in the 1950s, and linked with the wider charismatic renewal movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Published 1991 by the University of South Africa Press.
About Stephen Hayes
Stephen Hayes lives in the City of Tshwane in Gauteng, South Africa and is a deacon in the Orthodox Church. He is retired from working at the University of South Africa as a lecturer in Missiology and an editor of academic texts.
The following web links also have more information about Stephen Hayes and his writing: