Shirley, Goodness and Mercy by Chris Van Wyk
Picador Africa, 2004
Soft Copy, 313 pages
A delightful account of one boy's special relationship with the relatives, friends and neighbors - often decidedly quirky - who made up his community, and of the important coping role that laughter and humor played during the years Chris Van Wyk spent back in Riverlea during apartheid. It is a truly remarkable memoir, at once both thought-provoking and vastly entertaining.