Troy Blacklaws is a South African writer whose work uses the lens of his own boyhood to illuminate the reality of living under apartheid. After moving from Natal, South Africa, to the Cape with his family at the age of nine, Blacklaws learned the truth behind the divisions in his country, first as a student at Paarl Boys' High and then as a draftee for the army, where he spent two bitter years as an objector. Shortlisted for the Prix Femina for Karoo Boy, Blacklaws is a graduate of Rhodes University and has taught at international schools in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Singapore. He now lives and teaches in Luxembourg.
"Karoo Boy is told in the voice of a spectacularly young male protagonist, who in his own way is as captivating and memorable as Holden Caulfield." -John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil "A beautifully evocative coming-of-age story." -Bryce Courtenay, author of The Power of One "The most colorful book I have ever read." -Chris Martin, Coldplay "A sunburst of a novel, Blacklaws' coming-of-age story, set in 1970s South Africa, sparkles with a small boy's wonderment." -Vanity Fair