In the mid 1950s, lonely middle-aged spinster, Phyllis, has spent
much of her adult life caring for her ailing mother. On her
mother's death, she takes a position as a matron at an exclusive
Cape Town boarding school. She begins to keep a journal of her
daily encounters and experiences - something she has not done since
the age of sixteen, before falling pregnant by her cousin and being
forced to give the child up for adoption. As she tries to settle
into her new life, Phyllis remains haunted by her secret guilt and
shame. Then a new boy is enrolled into the school and Phyllis
becomes convinced he is her grandson. Michael, small and
vulnerable, quickly becomes a victim of bullying and Phyllis finds
a renewed purpose in seeing to his comfort and protection. But the
purpose she has found for herself will have consequences more
devastating than ever she could have imagined.
Myrmidon Books Ltd
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