Seven Tales of South-West Africa
First published in 1915, these seven stories exemplify the beautiful, but arid and treacherous area that forms part of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa and Namibia (then South-West Africa).
The Story of an African Farm (published 1883 under the pseudonym Ralph Iron) was South African author Olive Schreiner’s first novel.
This book is generally recognized as one of the first feminist novels and also as the first great South African novel. This pioneering work caused quite a stir when it first appeared and it transformed the shape and course of the late Victorian novel. Schreiner unflinchingly deals with her society’s greatest fears, namely the loss of faith, the dissolution of marriage, and women’s social and political independence.
“Story of the War in South Africa: 1899-1900” is Alfred T. Mahan’s compelling rendition of the Boer War in South Africa which details the battles fought during the first half of the war.
Captain Alfred T. Mahan (1840–1914) was a US naval officer and strategic analyst. He was also a professor and president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Arthur Conan Doyle made his reputation as a novelist, but far stranger than fiction is the creator of Sherlock Holmes’ tale of the Boer War in South Africa. The then 40-year-old novelist wanted to see the war first hand as a soldier, but the Victorian army balked at having a popular author wielding a pen in its ranks. The army did accept him as a doctor and Doyle was knighted in 1902 for his work with a field hospital in Bloemfontein.
Doyle’s vivid account of the battles is in part thanks to the eye-witness accounts he got from his patients. Doyle has thoroughly mastered the details of the campaign, and presents them in a form that can be easily understood. Furthermore, his descriptions of the various engagements are masterpieces of graphic writing.
By Deneys Reitz
A Boer Journal of the Boer War
(Revised in May 2009). Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Boer War broke out in 1899. Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but “as a South African, one had to fight for one’s country.” Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war.
This book portrays Howard C. Hillegas’ account of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902). He was sent to South Africa as a correspondent by The New York World and wrote this book on his return to New York after spending time with the Boer forces in the field.
From the preface: “In the following pages I have endeavoured to present an accurate picture of the Boers in war-time. My duties as a newspaper correspondent carried me to the Boer side, and herein I depict all that I saw.