Sundowners – Locations
Sundowners takes you on a whirlwind journey across the globe, from L.A. in the 80s to Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, London and New York… and a small town in Worcestershire where the novel begins. Rianne de Zoete is born to great wealth and privilege in South Africa. When she is sent to an all-girls boarding school in England, she meets the three other girls who become her best friends – and someone else who shows her a South Africa she never knew existed. Click here to visit some of the stunning locations featured in Sundowners.
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, (or K.L. as it’s affectionately known by those who live there), is a magnificent, sprawling, 21st century city in Malaysia, home to what is still (but only just!) the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers. It’s also home to Sacha, one of the leading characters in Sundowners and it’s here that Nathalie comes to get her fledgling business off the ground…
Ghana is the other African country in Sundowners – and it’s extra special to me because that’s where I’m from! It was the first country in Africa to gain independence and just recently, played host to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. Elmina Castle, where Riitho takes Rianne, is the first European building on the African continent, built some nine hundred years ago.
Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa features heavily in Sundowners as home to two of the novel’s leading characters, Rianne and Riitho, although they’re from opposite sides of the country’s racial divide. Unusually, however, both are born into privilege – Rianne into great wealth and Riitho into a family with a long and important political lineage. They are both sent to boarding school in England, where they first meet, although – predictably – they loathe each other. It is only much later that they discover a shared passion for this endlessly fascinating and challenging part of the world.
Oxford, the city of dreaming spires (or perspiring dreams, as the joke goes!), is undoubtedly one of the world’s prettiest university towns, redolent with centuries of learning and graceful architecture. A walk down almost any of its narrow, twisting streets reveals a hidden world behind arches and wooden doors – going ‘up’ to Oxford is Gabby’s dream and when she gets there… it’s everything she dreamt it would be, and more.