A fusion of boyhood innocence, ancient lore and the harsh reality
of adult life, love and betrayal. The Hill is at times hauntingly
realistic, a story with which many can identify - achingly sad and
heart-warming by turns. Set in a boarding school in the Drakensberg
in the early '80s it tells the tale of an 11-year-old boy with an
unusual bond with nature and the supernatural. Haunted by dreams of
creatures conjured by San mythology and encouraged by the
enthusiastic teachings of an over-friendly school teacher. Excluded
from his home, Andrew makes this his new home. He is popular and
somewhat of a daredevil but will escape to the surrounding bush at
any opportunity to explore and listen to nature's teachings. Until
a shadow falls, darkening his new life too. Afraid and unsure of
how to cope he withdraws from the web being spun around him and
seeks solace among the ancient figures of the caves. This
exploration of blurred boundaries, overturned trust and child abuse
would be sad were it not for Andrew's emotional resourcefulness.
Higginson weaves a tale of obsession and trauma that will haunt you
long after you have read the final page.
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