Eggs To Lay, Chickens To Hatch

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Agnes, the Van Wyks’ Zulu housekeeper, had a special friendship with young Chris in the late sixties to early seventies. He would defend her whenever she came to work with a hangover on a Monday morning and made a mess of the cleaning. In turn, Agnes never told on Chris when he played truant from school.

In the media
‘Alert – this is no mere sequel to Shirley, Goodness & Mercy. Chris van Wyk’s recall, his wonderful use of language and his sense of purpose give an entirely different dimension to time, circumstance and interpersonal relationships in Riverlea. These are