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Stealing Water

Stealing Water

A very different memoir about growing up in South Africa.


‘Funny, never self-pitying and a pleasure to read’ – GUARDIAN


‘[An] affectionate, generous book’ – IRISH TIMES


‘Both haunting and funny. [Ecott] writes with compassion and honesty to give us a truly memorable account of an extraordinary upbringing’ – Fergal Keane


‘Unputdownable – never sentimental, extremely honest and with a positively Dickensian cast of characters’ – Emma Thompson

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Reviews

Funny, never self-pitying and a pleasure to read
<i>Guardian</i>
There are belly laughs enough, and some serious criminality to boot, but Ecott's outstanding talent as an author is for pathos. [It] moved me more than once to tears. As an author, Dickens is the comparison
Matthew Parris, <i>The Times</i>
Engrossing [. . .] it's a love story without romance, or redemption, or a tidy resolution; and all the finer for it
<i>Mail on Sunday</i>
The narrative crackles and fizzles along
<i>Irish Times</i>
An extraordinary account of childhood in a baroque South Africa. Unputdownable - never sentimental, extremely honest and with a positively Dickensian cast of characters
Emma Thompson
The greatest memoir to come out of white Africa since Rian Malan's My Traitor's Heart - it reads like Angela's Ashes rewritten by Nick Hornby under a baking Johannesburg sun . . . told with warmth, humanity and humour to burn
Tony Parsons
A truthful story brilliantly told - both funny and moving. I often had to lay the book aside to recover from laughter . . . Tim Ecott cleverly captures the feeling of an extraordinary life
Lynne Reid Banks
Tim Ecott's story of growing up in Ireland and Africa is both haunting and funny. He writes with compassion and honesty to give us a truly memorable account of an extraordinary upbringing
Fergal Keane
STEALING WATER is a simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of poor-white family life in the twilight of apartheid
Richard E. Grant
Excellent
<i>Metro</i>