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Saturdays are Gold

Saturdays are Gold

Author(s): Pierre Van Rooyen

Location(s): Johannesburg

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1940s



Two children growing up in 1940s South Africa are told to stay away from lonely places because there is a child abductor on the loose. What could possibly go wrong? Young Maudie doesn’t realise she has a ‘gift’ that seems more like a curse to her brother Tadpole who is the only person aware of it. If Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell and Stephen King had teamed up to write a South African version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ they might have produced something like this. A moving, exciting, sometimes scary, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny adventure set against a South African backdrop so well described it is almost a character in its own right.

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I really loved reading this exceptional book. Pierre van Rooyen conveys such a vivid picture of two children growing up in South Africa, and effortlessly weaves in all the sights, colours and sounds of...

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