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SHE DOWN THERE - the novel about being in love with the sea

"With each dive Claire and Klaas make, Burger creates an atmosphere and tone so textured, lush and alive that it is as if the reader is beside them: tasting the salt, smelling the kelp, witnessing the sea life, all while experiencing the feel of the water's might and gentle caress.


'The descriptive and characterisation genius of John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway have played a big role in shaping my writing style,' says Burger. As influential as these authors may have been, Burger has created a novel that embodies a vivid writing style of its own."

Tiah Beautement, Sunday Times - read full review

"Marine biologist’s first novel is a jewel of the deep."

Nica Schreuder, The Citizen

"The novel She Down There takes you on a spiritual journey beneath the sea. The book is a love song to the ocean and her animals."

Steve Pike, Wavescape

Comments by early readers:

"Words are not enough to express the emotions that are evoked when reading your novel"

"The book is an enchantment"

"The underwater scenes are masterfully done.

It felt like I was down there"


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I am proud to be a Fellow of the

International League of Conservation Writers

Crafting evocative underwater images combines my deep love of the sea with a belief that art can make a difference to the collective consciousness. 


It starts on the dive, my creative dream-time, scanning the reef and the water column for pattern, light, colour and form that can be worked to capture something of the essence of undersea – evoke an emotion, perhaps tell a story ... to shift perception ... and drive action.


My images have been published widely (print and online), exhibited globally and used to further the aims of the marine conservation causes I support.


As an inducted member of the International Ocean Artists Society, I enjoy contributing to the good work the society does. Click on the logo below to find out what we get up to ... 

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Gun Free Reef Sculpture



“Take your guns and your knives and your pangas and throw them into the sea”

Nelson Mandela


Gun Free Reef Sculpture is a public bronze sculpture I have designed to actualise the powerful words of Nelson Mandela, spoken at a rally in the then war-torn Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, shortly after his release in 1990.


Gun Free Reef Sculpture has a broad and deep anti-violence message - not only is it a call to end our violence against each other - but also a call to end our violence against Planet Earth. 


I am looking for partners (funders, supporters) to make Gun Free Reef Sculpture a reality.

Contact me to get involved, and download the project synopsis here ...


 © Lynton Francois Burger 2020