As Rob Hersov writes in his Foreword,
‘My Joburg Family brought back a flood of memories, a feeling of déjà vu, which would surely be shared by members of this generation when reading the book. When I think back to my childhood and growing up in Johannesburg in the 60s and 70s, I almost feel guilty as it was the happiest of times.’
For the white community, there was a simplicity to life, things were ordered and predictable. The sun was always shining but were there dark clouds on the horizon. Were we experiencing a false sense of security? Was this also a time of uncertainty?
Although Glenn Babb’s parents were uncomfortable with the current political situation, he grew up in comfortable surroundings, well-prepared for a fine education, a degree in law, overseas travel and ultimately a distinguished career. Throughout the narrative, Glenn shows a keen awareness of the political overtones and there are numerous references to the characters he met along the way.
Fine writing flows from his intelligent pen – the book will take you back on the paths of nostalgia.