A new review by Uvi Poznansky for TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE


This book, Talon, Fight for Life, teaches me an important lesson: having a handicap may at first seem to hinder you, until you find a passion in your heart, something that drives you in inventive ways to overcome your difficulty. For Matica, whose body will always be trapped in the body of a two years old, this passion is her condors. We find her brooding at times, worrying about traveling to new places where she may be faced with rejection all over again, but perhaps a trip home to Australia may be an adventure. We have the confidence that she will overcome her challenge, “because without her handicap, she couldn’t do what she is doing now.”

I hear the author’s voice, whispering in the background of the story, if you have a disability, find a “condor”, a passion of your own. Given the author’s biography, her struggle with cancer, this is far from preaching, it is a model that she uses for her writing and her own life. The passion Gigi Sedimayer has for all animals—spider monkeys, pumas, chameleon, critters and even bugs—enrich this story with lively adventurous tales, not the least of which is the ultimate test of courage, when her father is bitten by a poisonous spider. I love the ever present closeness with animals, exhibited here by him: “But before he lay down, he rubbed the birds’ beaks and said to them, ‘Thank you for caring for me, for us. Good night, Mat.’ He closed his eyes.”

How will Matica save his life? Read the book to find out. Five stars.


About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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