Eben Venter was born on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa. After school he was conscripted into the Air Force and served in the Angolan war. He read Philosophy at university and migrated to Australia in 1986, the year of the State of Emergency. In Sydney and later in Melbourne, he would earn a living as a chef. He recently returned to the hamlet of Prince Albert, Western Cape, where he lives with his life partner.
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