Marita van der Vyver and Ira Blanckenberg talk about Laaste kans, the sequel to Wegkomkans – 24 years later. Wegkomkans was about ten friends who got together over a period of ten years. Laaste kans centres on a group of friends who see each other for the first time in 25 years. One of the group turns seventy and they celebrate at his and his wife’s beach house on the West Coast. Marita talks about friendship that stands the test of time, the complex relationship between parents and children, and the demands that time makes on all of us. Susanne Beyers reads an extract.