Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard


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Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard

 Sean Christie

ISBN 9781868426904

Beneath the Nelson Mandela Boulevard flyover on Cape Town's foreshore lives a community of stowaways, young Tanzanian men from the slums of Dar es Salaam.

When journalist Sean Christie meets Adam Bashili, he comes to know the extraordinary world of the Beachboys, a multi-port, fourth-generation subculture that lives to stow away and stows away to survive. But Sean starts to accompany the beachboys on trips around their everyday Cape Town, he becomes more than a casual observer, serving as sometime moneylender, driver, confidant and scribe, and eventually joining Adam on an unprecedented tour of Dar es Salaam's underworld and a reckless run down Africa's east coast.

Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard remaps both city and continent, introducing us to the places and people we so frequently overlook.






The Author

Sean ChrisSean Christie was a category winner at the 2014 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards. In 2015 he was awarded a Taco Kuiper prize for his journalism on the stowaways.




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Sean Christie is wonderful. With his huge heart and his sharp eye, he has conjured a Cape Town you are unlikely to have imagined. Jonny Steinberg

A genre-busting book, Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard does a rare thing - it is non-fiction that breaks the mould of works that look in on the continent from the outside. It shows the ancient andd complex connections that exist within and beyond African boders in emotional, historical, cultural and metaphysical ways that others shirk from. Billy Kahora