Charlie Fraser. For some, just a name, just a boy. For some, not even a remarkable boy. Call it devotion. It was as good a word as any. Why Charlie? Why not Dan or Mac or dear old Sparrow? Herbert only knew it to be so - for Charlie Fraser, despite his odd detachment, had presence. Presence. And whatever presence was, it ensured absolute devotion ...The year is 1913, the place a boys' school in colonial South Africa. For every boy, the heart of the school is his own House, his Housemaster and his particular Hero. And, for every newboy coming through the hallowed doors, there are two commandments. The first: Silence and Denial. The second: Not to fail at Footer. Validation lies in honouring these. At whatever cost.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Marguerite Poland
Marguerite Poland, who lives in KwaZulu-Natal, wrote the acclaimed Train to Doringbult in 1987, which was shortlisted for the CNA Literary Award. This was followed by her second novel, Shades, published in 1993 and shortlisted for the M-Net Fiction Award, which is also a prescribed work for high-school students. Her other work includes Recessional for Grace published by Penguin and the non-fiction title, The Abundant Herds - A Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People. Marguerite Poland received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Arts and Culture in 2005.