Marion van Dyk, a first-time author, was born and grew up in South Africa during apartheid and migrated to Australia in 1985. She lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW with her husband.
'Under the Skin is a moving account of growing up as a "coloured" in South Africa, and is marked by its vitality, warmth and insight. Marion's is a strong, assured voice, wonderfully free of self-absorption, and she balances her personal story with historical and political analysis of the apartheid years.' - Zoe Wicomb, author of You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town. 'The power of this book comes from seeing life in apartheid South Africa through the eyes of a young "coloured" person. I really liked her casual use of everyday detail which gives a strong and vivid idea of what life in pre-Mandela South Africa was like for a large proportion of the population... This is a story that has been much written about from a perspective we have not seen before, and a very interesting one.' - Jacqueline Kent, author of The Making of Julia Gillard and An Exacting Heart.