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EXCERPT | A Nun and the Pig: Tales from South Africa by Treive Nicholas

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For a naive, but enthusiastic, former milkman fresh from the UK, having nuns for a boss was a novelty. I soon learnt that they were very fine women, great fun to work with and utterly dependable in a crisis, of which there were one or two along the way. (Supplied by author)
For a naive, but enthusiastic, former milkman fresh from the UK, having nuns for a boss was a novelty. I soon learnt that they were very fine women, great fun to work with and utterly dependable in a crisis, of which there were one or two along the way. (Supplied by author)

As a British 19-year-old, Treive Nicholas spent a year in the Transkei, then a “homeland” under the apartheid system – and the place Nelson Mandela came from. In A Nun and the Pig: Tales from South Africa (Amberley Publishing), Nicholas looks back 40 years later on that extraordinary year, in which he coached a paraplegic sports team, hitchhiked to Zambia, smuggled liberation literature into South Africa, and developed an unlikely friendship with a feisty American nun. Nicholas describes the writing of the book as “a searching trip down memory lane”. 

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