KILLING KAROLINE – A MEM­OIR BY SARA-JAYNE KING (MF Books)

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Karoline is born dur­ing apartheid, the out­come of an il­le­gal af­fair be­tween a Bri­tish woman and a black South African man. Clas­si­fied as ‘white’ at birth un­der the regime’s race clas­si­fi­ca­tion laws, her true parent­age emerges just days af­ter she’s born. At six weeks, she’s taken out of the coun­try un­der the pre­tence of need­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion in the UK. There, she’s adopted and chris­tened Sara-Jayne; her bi­o­log­i­cal mother tells friends and fam­ily that the new­born died while re­ceiv­ing the med­i­cal treat­ment.

Sara-Jayne is raised by a white, mid­dle-class fam­ily in Sur­rey, but has the sense of be­ing an out­sider, and is trou­bled. At 26, she goes to SA to en­ter re­hab and is con­fronted with the lie that has de­fined her life – and the fam­ily who ‘killed her off’.

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