Simon Winter lives in the beautiful suburb of Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife Lee. A former high school English teacher and head teacher, Simon has now retired and divides his time between writing and painting. He supports the English football team Stoke City and is also a cricket fanatic, proud to count four international cricketers amongst those who passed through his hands during their high school years.
In 1895 a group of unlikely revolutionaries plotted to overthrow the Boer government of President Paul Kruger in the South African Republic in an armed insurrection. Had they succeeded, their leader, Charles Leonard, wood in all probability have become the new President and would have been ideally placed to defuse the tensions which culminated in the Second South African War (otherwise known as the Anglo-Boer War).
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'Bye Bye, Black Sheep' is a coming-of-age story about three young South Africans (two black and one white; two boys and one girl) set against the background of apartheid.
It is a gripping adventure story with elements of mystery and suspense, but it also explores such universal themes as the quest for identity, unreasonable parental expectations, inter-racial relationships, racism and patriotism, and, most crucially, loyalty and betrayal. It acknowledges the complexity of such issues and avoids providing glib answers.
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