Rondo in D Major' by Mozart, K485:

The Little Diamond Eye

It’s summer, 1985, in a lush Constantia valley, Cape Town. Swimming pools sparkle and neighbours joke around the braai, but Nelson Mandela is in prison, apartheid South Africa is under a state of emergency, and fear and deceit are creeping in. What the valley’s adults try to hide, three quirky young watchers see.

Anna Hughes spies through a telescope while her mother’s sanity crumbles and her father makes cryptic deals on tennis courts. Conrad Louw prowls gardens as research for his novel, and Phil de Beer, daughter of a strict military man, is dogged by questions: how exactly did she land up in her wheelchair? And why is Ma so frigging accident-prone?

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