There are Ants in My Sugar is the warm hearted, engaging, and humorous account of Annica Foxcroft’s exile to a pondokkie in the country when unexpected financial hardship overtook her family during the 1960s.
Annica is a sassy young woman to whom the city chic of Johannesburg, and the dire warnings of her decorator friend Harry, still cling like French perfume as she is dumped unceremoniously in the dark, on a pile of blackjacks. She has to adapt and make a home for her baby daughter and aging husband amidst boreholes, long drops and Aga stoves.
She comes to terms with her neighbours, Joshua, a practising Sangoma, and Ben, a Jewish pig farmer; is educated in the ways of the Practical by her indomitable maid May; and comes of age through her determined efforts to create things of beauty amidst the khakibos - a lawn and poetry. She even restores the family fortune by engaging in a lucrative and uniquely South African venture.
Part 60s chick lit and part Madam and Eve, There areAnts in My Sugar will have you chuckling all the way to its joyous conclusion; even in 1960s South Africa, there was some justice for all…
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This book is a South African bestseller and has sold over 13,000 copies locally since it was first published in April 2008. It continues to sell .............. All South African expatriates should find it an amusing and delightful read. It will appeal to anyone who has a yen to know what South Africa was like in the '60's. It can be compared to a modern day "African Farm". There are Ant in my Sugar made the longlist of titles nominated for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary award.
Annica Foxcroft spent many years in the country. Despite describing it as a ‘growth experience’, she was happy to return to the civilised confines of Johannesburg, where she now runs a language school. There are Ants in My Sugar is her first full length published novel.