A young girl’s coming of age as she meets and befriends African refugees who have fled war and economic ruin in search of peace life in a newly democratic South Africa. Set in Long Street Cape Town. Poignant, beautiful, evocative.
A run-down block of flats in central Cape Town, home to refugees and illegal immigrants, becomes a young girl’s gallery of self-discovery in this moving story of the emotional carnage caused by Africa’s civil wars.
Drug dealers from Nigeria, Zimbabwean wire-workers, immigrants from Rwanda and Sudan, a Mozambican refugee – all seeking the peace of a newly democratic South Africa – bear down on her fragile world, then scoop her up into theirs.
Skyline is an unflinching look at one girl’s coming of age in the colourful and violent streets of a city waking up to the rest of Africa.
Awards and commendations for Skyline
Winner: Percy Fitzpatrick Prize 2002.
Winner: Prix du Marais France 2005.
Second Prize: Sunday Times Fiction Award 2001.
Long listed: The International Impac Dublin Award 2002.
Honour listed: SACBF 2000.
Selected: En bok för alla (Sweden) 2006.
Listed: IBBY SA 100 Representative List 2007.
Listed: SA Twenty Five Must Reads 2007.
Translations: Swedish Italian French.
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