I opened my eyes to the world in Hondeklip Bay, Namaqualand, having been born a few months earlier at another small fishing village on the West Coast, St Helena Bay. I went to more schools I care to remember – government, private, dual-medium, single medium, girls only and mixed-sexed schools. I matriculated from Hottentots Holland High School in Somerset West and obtained an M.ECON from Stellenbosch University in 1983. I then spent two years at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. I returned to South African in 1986 to take up a lecturing position in the Sociology Department at Rhodes. I obtained a PhD from Rhodes in 1998. After twenty years, I resigned from the university and moved to Cape Town. I now work as a full-time novelist and part-time lecturer, researcher, genealogist, artist and teacher of French.