The law of the lawn

Wits Press, R380 It's startling to hear Jonathan Cane say his book is somewhat autobiographical.

After all, it's about lawns, and he's not a gardener, so where does he fit into it? Furthermore, the book is dense with references, having started life as a PhD thesis and although it presents his distinctive exploration of lawns in SA, it is anything but a story of his own life. It seems Cane is referring to his choice of the subject, and to how lawns symbolise everything about his upbringing that was at odds with his passions.

"I didn't really fit in Sandton where I grew up; it was a very heterosexual, white, middle-class kind of life.

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