Shirley, Goodness And Mercy

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Picador Africa


Shirley, Goodness & Mercy is a heart-warming, yet compellingly honest story about a young boy growing up in Newclare, Coronationvill and Riverlea during the apartheid era. Despite van Wyk’s later becoming involved in the 'struggle', this is not a book about racial politics.

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'Van Wyk’s strength is to look at the world as if with the innocent eyes of a child and to convey this hopeful vision to others, to recapture the resilience of childhood so that it is not lost but continues, to shape adult existence and to fortify our collective sense of self.' – Sowetan.