Shirley, Goodness & Mercy Picador 40th Special Edition

A Childhood Memoir

Picador has been publishing the finest books from across the globe since 1972. Amongst a number of publishing initiatives to celebrate Picador’s 40th anniversary are these Picador Africa classics reissued in a beautiful new style. Each book includes a sixteen-page section of additional material.

Shirley, Goodness & Mercy is a heart-warming, yet compellingly honest story about a young boy growing up in the coloured townships of Newclare, Coronationville and Riverlea during the apartheid era.

Despite Van Wyk’s later becoming involved in the struggle, this is not a book about racial politics. Instead, it is a delightful account of one boy’s special relationship with the relatives, friends and neighbours who made up his community, and of the important coping role laughter and humour played during the years he spent in bleak and dusty townships.

In Shirley, Goodness & Mercy Chris van Wyk – poet, novelist and short story writer – has created a truly remarkable work, at once both thought-provoking and vastly entertaining.

  • EAN: 9781770102385
  • Pages: 340 pp
  • Format: Paperback (198 x 130 mm)
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Praise for Chris van Wyk

‘It will draw many tears but persuade several more spasms of laughter. It is a project of restoration; a holding up to the sunlight of the magical prism of who we all are and what we were.’ – Mark Espin, Sowetan

‘It’s unusual to find a writer who’s funny both on paper and in person. Chris van Wyk is one of this rare species.’ – Fred Khumalo, This Day

‘Author Chris van Wyk finds magic in the mundane and brings it to the page.’ – Tiisetso Makube, City Pulse

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