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A few years after the end of World War II, a young English boy arrives with his older brother, his mother and a newly acquired stepfather at a small town on the sun-drenched South African coast. This place, his mother tells him, is Little England, where the people are more English than the English themselves.

But there are also Afrikaners, Zulus, witchdoctors, monkeys and snakes . . . and many things that are puzzling and frightening. Why is his new stepfather always so angry? What happened to him in the war? Why do adults have so many secrets, and tell so many lies?

Despite his fears and bewilderment, the boy’s amusing, wide-eyed innocence and sensitive nature help him to make friends — with an old sailor building a boat to take him back to England; with three Afrikaner girls and their mother who feed him freshly baked bread; and with Sally, a young woman filling a scrapbook with pictures of the distant King and Queen.

The English boy’s greatest friend is Elliott, a smiling young Zulu household worker, who lives in a small room at the bottom of the garden and explains why beds should be raised on bricks; and what to do about naughty monkeys and paw paw trees that produce no fruit. The boy learns, too, why Elliott has an appointment with the witchdoctor. . .

In Little England no one can avoid the realities of the time. It is the beginning of apartheid and harsh new laws are being brought into being. A crucial election nears, a last chance to turn back from the abyss.

The blows continue to fall on the beleaguered community, on the boy and his family, until, peering from a window one morning, he witnesses a shocking act which leads to the ultimate downfall of his Zulu friend.

Written with beguiling simplicity, this funny, delicate and sensitive book appeals on several levels,  moving the reader with its childhood view of the adult world, and its deep sense of loss and longing. A story that is amusing, nostalgic, and at times achingly sad.

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The Last Summer in Little England by Earl Moorhouse

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