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Celebrated author Elsa Joubert has been a traveller to foreign places all her life. With this memoir, completed in her 95th year, she explores the continent of old age. It is a searing, honest account of ageing, as she settles into a cosmopolitan Cape Town retirement home along with the Englishman across the passage, her Dutch friend Jo Struik, and the support of StomJapie. It also tells of the force of returning memories; of her sister's early death, rivalry with her brother, family holidays in Strand, and the delights of a garden. Interspersing acute insights with dark humour, this book is wise, courageous and deeply moving.

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