Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, Paperback
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'My name is Lily Daniels and I live in The Valley, in an old house at the top of a hill with a loquat tree in the garden.

We are all women in our house. My grandmother, my Aunt Stella with her hopalong leg, and me.

The men in our family are not worth much. They are the cross we have to bear. Some of us, like my mother, don't live here any more.

People say she went on the Kimberley train to try for white and I mustn't blame her because she could get away with it even if we didn't believe she would.' Through the sharp yet loving eyes of eleven-year-old Lily we see the whole exotic, vivid, vigorous culture of the Cape Coloured community at the time when apartheid threatened its destruction.

As Lily's beautiful but angry mother returns to Cape Town, determined to fight for justice for her family, so the story of Lily's past - and future - erupts. "Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter" is a powerful and moving tribute to a richly individual people.




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A wonderful, moving picture of the vibrant life of the Cape Coloured community, as told by 11 year old Lily. I simply loved this book.