Frankie and Stankie

Frankie and Stankie : 21 Great Reads for the 21st Century

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Dinah and Lisa are growing up in 1950s South Africa, where racial laws are tightening. They are two little girls from a liberal family - big sister Lisa is strong and sensible, while Dinah is weedy and arty. At school, the sadistic Mrs Vaughan-Jones provides instruction in mental arithmetic and racial prejudice. And then there's the puzzle of lunch break. 'Would you rather have a native girl or a koelie to make your sandwiches?' a classmate asks. But Dinah doesn't know, because it's her dad who makes them. As the repressive shadow of apartheid closes in, Dinah journeys through childhood and adolescence and the minefields of boys and university in this vibrant and irresistible novel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129.5 x 193 x 27.9mm | 272.16g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 074758995X
  • 9780747589952
  • 1,536,751

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'This is a gorgeous book about growing up it also manages to convey, with admirable lightness of touch, the dawning of a political consciousness A wonderful read' Observer 'A beautifully written slice of both personal and political history by the end of the novel, you are immersed in her world and simply never want to leave it' Guardian 'A blissfully funny sequence of portraits, family upon family, vignette upon vignette' Daily Telegraph 'A poignant, funny book packed with lovingly observed detail' Sunday Timesshow more

About Barbara Trapido

Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of five novels. She lives in Oxford.show more

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