Singapore Author Publishes New Book about childhood in Africa

January 16, 2014   Entertainment News
(PRLEAP.COM) "The Govie-ee: My Hell of a Life," a new book by Jeff M. Martiz, has been released by Dorrance Publishing.

Mike-ee is not your typical child.

When he was five, he saw things he shouldn't see. His mother unwittingly planted the seeds of carnal knowledge in his pure mind. At age nine, he committed incest without knowing it was wrong. In 1967, at age eleven, he and his sister found their father beaten black and blue in their room in a run-down boarding house. All of a sudden, he was taken by authorities to Louis Trichardt Reformatory-the so-called Govie-ee-with his elder brother and sister. He had no idea why they ended up there, and nobody would offer any reason. The Govie-ee was a hellhole. It brought out the worst in him…it tormented him…it took any innocence left in him. This is a true story.

About the Author:
Jeffrey Michael Maritz was born and raised in Africa. At present time he is living in Asia for more than twenty years. He has traveled the world due to his profession as a mechanical engineer. Inspired by the love for his father, he writes this book about the struggles he had to deal with as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family in Africa.

"The Govie-ee: My Hell of a Life" is a 240-page paperback with a retail price of $37.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-0140-7. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at
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