Paying tribute to a father’s wild reality
The death of his father prompted Peter Meyer to write a memoir to inspire people yearning for a different way of life
The Boy from the Wild Peter Meyer with Graham Spence Peter Meyer Peter Meyer sweeps his arm dramatically towards the lush hills behind him. His voice quivers as he describes how he ran wild through this valley near Pietermaritzburg as a youngster. It’s genuine emotion, but Meyer now acts in international movies and his gestures are therefore tinged with professional slickness. The land he romped on was called The Valley of Heaven by the Zulus, and was turned into Karkloof Valley Nature Reserve by Meyer’s father, James, who died four years ago. This loss prompted Meyer to write a book as a tribute, a memoir and to inspire people yearning for a different way of life. "The book is a big tribute to my father, in which I talk about my wild experiences growing up here, how he built this place, why he built this place, the love story of father and son, how the wild nurtured me for living abroad and the lessons I’ve learnt from living here." The Boy From The Wild was written in collaboratio...