"There was nothing those books could not explain or illuminate, except, perhaps, the domain of the exotic."

There was no television in South Africa until 1976. As there was unlikely to be a bookshop in a small town or village, often the only place books were to be found was the local lending library. Strict censorship meant the merest hint at sexuality would see a book banned. In fact, the only book from which a child could learn about the act of procreation was the Bible.