The manuscripts for three proposed books are nearing completion. A Pilgrim in the Holy Land is based on David's Springbok Radio series Cameos of the Holy Land in which a pilgrim relates his experiences in the hope of inspiring would-be visitors to the Land of the Bible. Reflections in Jerusalem, is an attempt to analyze the modern State of Israel's past, present and possible future. And Slow Boat to Brazil is an account of the writer's participation in the first Cape to Rio South Atlantic race in 1971.
Biblical exploration will, of course, be the central theme of A Pilgrim in the Holy Land, a spiritual journey represented by the rough path in this scene high above the Wadi Qilt, not far from Jerusalem. Most of the manuscript is written from a Christian point of view, but chapters such as those on The Sabbath and The Western Wall are described from a Jewish point of view, Christianity having its essential roots in Judaism.
While the Separation Wall, between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, will feature in Reflections in Jerusalem, the writer will try to be as disinterested as possible. Christians, David believes, should be "in the middle", attempting to understand the sufferings and the hopes of both Peoples, and, wherever possible, helping to bring about reconciliation and peace in this incomparable corner of the Mediterranean.
A PROPOSED COVER SUMMARY FOR SLOW BOAT TO BRAZIL: On January 16th 1971 an unlikely 57-year-old ketch, built in Norway as a sea rescue vessel, set sail amidst a fleet of far more serious contenders in the first Cape to Rio yacht race. She limped into Guanabara Bay after 50 days, well over three weeks after line honours had been awarded to the British Royal Naval Association's entry Ocean Spirit. Sandefjord was never a serious contender, but for two boys, then aged eight and six, the voyage was the start of a much longer adventure about which most children can only dream. Also on board was David Brown, then of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's English Service before the days of television in South Africa. Several decades later he enlarges on his 1971 radio documentary to describe life aboard a yacht which had been posted missing somewhere in the South Atlantic.