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Donvé Lee, the author of Syd Kitchen – Scars That Shine is an artist, writer and traveller. Her publications include the autobiographical novel An Intimate War, described by Cape Times books editor Karin Schimke as ‘the most lucid rendition of the madness of love you can hope to read in modern fiction’.

Donvé is also known for her numerous fiction and non-fiction books for young readers, among which are several series on South African artists, musicians, sports celebrities and freedom fighters.

She lives in Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula, where she manages a small craft upliftment project in Masiphumelele, works towards a PhD in Creative Writing, and dreams of painting again.