Sean, Eddie and Me is Paul Leger’s amusing, disturbing, gritty South African novel set in a small South African mining town against an Eighties backdrop of political and border conflict. Nick Theron, fifteen, going on sixteen, is enjoying the freedom of a typical white childhood. Until new boy Michael Dempsey arrives in town. Worldly, charming…and sociopathic…Michael sets his sights on the naïve Nick and his friends, luring them into a game of emotional cat and mouse. Three decades later Nick returns to the town of his childhood, carrying with him a sense of heavy foreboding, finally ready to face the past.
A keenly-observed and entertaining novel about the relationships among a group of small-town youths from a dark era in South Africa’s past, Sean, Eddie and Me is both a historical rendering – albeit with a satirical touch – and a psychological and social study.
This is a must-read for any South African who has lived through this period.
Paul Leger was born in the conservative mining town of Virginia in the Orange Free State. After matriculating from Christian Brothers College, Welkom, he stumbled through a degree in Journalism and Psychology at Rhodes University.
He cycled northern and eastern Europe, worked on a kibbutz and eventually returned to South Africa to a research job at UCT. Following a brief stint as an academic researcher, he left to write South Africa’s first guide to mountain biking and six editions of the popular Guide to Budget Getaways. Bitten by the bug, he enrolled for a Masters degree in Creative Writing at UCT. The semi-autobiographical Sean, Eddie and Me is the result.
Paul is married with three young children and currently lives and works in Plettenberg Bay and frequently escapes to his organic farm in the Klein Karoo.
You can order his book online through www.redpress.co.za or buy it from Exclusives, Wordsworth and select independent bookshops in South Africa.