Saturdays are Gold

Reminiscent of the memoirs of Alexandra Fuller, Pierre Van Rooyen’s writing is filled with adventure, hilarious antics and fun-filled characters from Babs, the children’s alcoholic half-aunt who drives the local breakdown lorry and parachutes from bi-plan
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“When I dream,
I dream of those faraway days.
And when I dream of you,
Maudie,
Gosh, we’re little children again.
You in the fig tree above my head,
And me messing in the yard below.
Can we not go back there sis,
And play forever and ever?”


Pierre Van Rooyen’s latest novel, Saturdays Are Gold, was nominated for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2011. Set in 1940s Johannesburg, it explores the innocence of childhood in an adult world of prohibition, superstition, sorcery, divination, child abduction and muti murder. Seven year old Maudie is kidnapped because she witnesses a muti murder and her brother, nine year Tadpole, is the only one who can rescue her.

Reminiscent of the memoirs of Alexandra Fuller, Pierre Van Rooyen’s writing is filled with adventure, hilarious antics and fun-filled characters from Babs, the children’s alcoholic half-aunt who drives the local breakdown lorry and parachutes from bi-planes, to Mr Sunshine, the suave African salesman who lugs around a suitcase big enough to stuff a child inside.

“If Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell and Stephen King had teamed up to write a South African version of To Kill a Mockingbird they might have produced something like this.” – Good Reads Review

About the Author
Pierre Van Rooyen
and his wife Faith love adventure so seventeen years ago they decided to make a life-altering change. They gave up their jobs, sold their assets, bought a wreck of a yacht, spent a thousand hours fixing it up and went to sea. They have embarked on voyages across the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea and various exotic locations where they encountered sea snakes, pink porpoises and deadly poisonous jellyfish.

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Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Pierre van Rooyen
ISBN: 9781431403783
Size (mm): 212x136mm
Pages: 384pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: South Africa
Language: English
Publication Date: 2012-05-25