UnSettled and other stories


Sandra Hill

Whether drawn from the distance of history or located in contemporary Cape Town, these eight stories create a tender and luminous account of just how extraordinary the everyday life of women can be.

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There is a grand piano delivered to the wrong Sea Point address. There is Toby the dog whose casual disappearance leads to the discovery of a world as unlikely as a helpful man. There are Isabelle and Hester, both travelling on the same train, but moving in opposite directions. There are the school girls who smoke through Die Stem during a Republic Day Celebration. There is Adeela longing for OK Bazaars, Boxing Day, and groenboontjie bredie; Lilly who knows too little of her mother’s past and Elizabeth who is desperate to shed hers.

Who can say why Eleanor married the man she did, or why she took the long sea journey south?  Who can say where Sue’s been, or who the vark lilies are for? Who believes it when told, ‘It’s for your own good’?

Sandra Hill

Sandra Hill (Photo by Eva van Niekerk of PhotOriginal)

Sandra Hill was born in South Africa in 1968. She attended school and university in Cape Town before moving to Stellenbosch, where she lives in a cottage in the woods on the edge of a world heritage site. Sandra’s poetry and prose has been published by New Contrast, Aerodrome, Jacana and Umuzi. She was awarded a masters degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing from the University of the Western Cape in 2013. Sandra works as a free-lance writer, editor and writing facilitator. UnSettled and other stories is her first collection of short stories.

“Unsettling and poignant evocations of womanhood across time and space.”
Karina M. Szczurek

“Stories which momentarily touch the skinside of South African history, variously arch and tender, abrasive and tongue-in-cheek, UnSettled is a tangle of little narratives which knot, and slip.”
Sally-Ann Murray

“Hill paints vivid portraits of what it means to be a woman in different places and times. It is a finely layered picture of the everyday and the unusual.”
Karina Magdalena, Cape Times