The Jack Bank
A Memoir Of A South African Childhood
BY GLEN RETIEF
Paperback edition. Glen Retief now attends Pennsdale Meeting, but grew up in the Kruger National park in apartheid era S Africa. The Jack Bank is a central idea to the book, a bullying prefect at his boarding school would beat other pupils with a bat-in advance of any misdeed, building up a "Jack bank". Glen eventually became a prefect himself, perpetuating a system he now sees as a metaphor of apartheid. However, perhaps with insight gained from being gay in a hostile land, he eventually breaks away to become a radical activist working for change there and eventually moving to America.
St Martins 2011 275 PP. Paper