EP11: A poignant memoir

Brent Meersman’s compelling memoir, A Childhood Made Up, sees the author hurtle down memory lane to his childhood in Cape Town, where he grew up in a family where storms were constantly ranging. His father had an alcohol-addiction and battled with depression. His mother suffered from schizophrenia.

His mother, Shirley Meersman aka Shirley Morris, aka Sirrom aka Churley aka Sherli, leaps out of the book’s pages. She is an absentminded artist who is contemptuous of South Africans who think Picasso is a type of cheese.

Childhood Made Up is a poignant and powerful memoir skillfully told with raw and gritty honesty, but Brent also has a light touch and there are times were you will laugh out loud. It’s a tale of pain and sorrow but it’s also a tale of recovery and redemption.
6 Apr 2020 10AM English Explicit South Africa Books · Arts

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