Author loses 10 years’ work on laptop

2010-07-13 00:00

A LOCAL author is desperate to recover his stolen laptop, which holds a book he has spent 10 years working on.

UKZN lecturer Darryl David (40) returned to his home in Howick on Saturday night to find the back door smashed, his two St Bernard dogs traumatised and his laptop gone. On his laptop was the sole copy of his book, along with other work including short stories, and a novel which he had just started work on.

David, who was in Port Shepstone at the time of the burglary, returned home after 11:30 pm, and realised something was amiss when his dogs didn’t run out to greet him.

On entering his house he could not find his dogs, and his laptop and other valuable possessions were missing.

With police assistance he later found his dogs in a room inside the house.

“I feel absolutely devastated”, said David about the loss of his hard work.

“I can’t get these things back, even if I started all over again there is no way to recreate it”.

The book 101 Country Churches of South Africa”was due to be sent to the publishers a few days after the date of the burglary.

David had started saving the pictures for the book the day before the burglary but had decided to put it off for another day.

He is however grateful that his dogs were unharmed because he feels life cannot be regained.

The police say there are currently no leads. David, however, suspects that it was an inside job. He also plans to start working on his book again, but acknowledges that some of his work will be lost forever if the laptop is not found.

David is offering a reward of R2 000, no questions asked, to anyone who recovers the stolen Toshiba laptop, or even just the hard drive with his work on it.

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