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Karoo Reading Room

Karoo Reading Room

Read up on the Karoo and its secrets and you’ll never pass by again. Here’s where to find the best books on South Africa’s heartland…

Karoo Reading COOKBOOKS

  • Veld to Fork by Gordon Wright (Struik Lifestyle)
  • Karoo Family Favourites by Union Preparatory School, Graaff-Reinet
  • Karoo Kitchen by Sydda Essop (Quivertree Publications)
  • Prickly Pears and Pomegranates by Bernadette le Roux and Marianne Palmer (Quivertree Publications)
  • The Karoo Cookbook compiled by Rose Willis (Struik)
  • Cooked in the Karoo by Justin Bonello and Helena Lombard (Penguin)
  • Karoo Venison by Lynne Minnaar, Annatjie Reynolds and Albe Neethling (Sunbird)
  • Fig Jam and Foxtrot by Lynn Bedford Hall (Struik)

LIFESTYLE

  • The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner (Hutchinson)
  • Karoo Morning by Guy Butler (David Philip)
  • Stoep Zen by Antony Osler (Jacana)
  • Zen Dust by Antony Osler (Jacana)
  • The Plains of Camdeboo by Eve Palmer (Penguin)
  • Return to Camdeboo by Eve Palmer (Penguin)
  • Manna in the Desert by Alfred de Jager Jackson (Brevitas)
  • Karoo Ramblings by David Biggs (Struik)

HISTORICAL

  • The Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman (Zebra Press)
  • Karoo by Lawrence Green (Howard Timmins)
  • Logan’s Way (Matjiesfontein) by Robert N Toms (Mallard)

EXPEDITIONS AND TRAVELS

  • The Truth in Masquerade: The Adventures of Francois le Vaillant by Jane Meiring (Juta)
  • The Glamour of Prospecting by Fred C Cornell (David Philip)
  • Circling the Great Karoo: A Back-roads Journey through History on an Old Scrambler by Nicholas Yell (WritingInc)
  • Sundays – Tales from a Winding River by Bartle Logie (Bluecliff)
  • Water in the Wilderness by Bartle Logie (Bluecliff)
  • The Little Karoo by Jose Burman (Human & Rousseau)
  • The Hell – Valley of the Lions by Sue van Waart (LAPA)
An excellent resource for e-books on the Karoo by Country Life regulars Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

An excellent resource for e-books on the Karoo by Country Life regulars Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

 

KAROO TOWNS

  • Prince Albert History and Architecture (a booklet collection) by Helena Marincowitz (Fransie Pienaar Museum)
  • Steytlerville: Its Times and Stoepstories by Reina Raymer (Self-published)
  • Jansenville: Yesterday and Today by Sid Fourie (Self-published)
  • Aberdeen of the Cape by Wendy van Schalkwyk (Westby-Nunn)
  • Barrydale Unplugged by Leslie Howard (Self-published)
  • The Cape Journal: Aberdeen by Tony Westby-Nunn (Westby-Nunn Publishers)
  • The Cape Journal: Jansenville, Klipplaat and Waterford by Tony Westby-Nunn (Westby-Nunn Publishers)
  • Graaff-Reinet: A Cultural History by CG Henning (TV Bulpin Publishers)
  • Graaff-Reinet: Historical Guide by Tony Westby-Nunn (Westby-Nunn Publishers)
  • 100 Years of Victoria-West by Eric Rosenthal (Victoria-West Municipality)
  • Richmond, Karoo: Die Goeie, die Slegte en die Snaakse by Paul Viljoen (Quincunx)
  • Middelburg Hede en Verlede by H B Coetzee (Self-Published)

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TRAVEL PICTORIAL

  • The Great Karoo by Leon Nel (Struik)
  • The Garden Route and Little Karoo by Leon Nel (Struik)
  • Timeless Karoo by Jonathan Deal (Struik)
  • Karoo Moons by Richard Dobson and Ruben Mowszowski (Struik)
  • Richtersveld: The Land and Its People by Francois Odendaal, Helen Suich, Claudio Velasquez Rojas (Struik)

SPECIAL INTEREST

  • Boegoebergdam se Mense by Lokkie van Zyl (Self-published)
  • Fossil Reptiles of the South African Karoo by MA Cluver (SA Museum)
  • Die Oervlakte – Primordial Plains, Little Karoo by Leon Nel and others (Ex Libris Design)
  • Roots and Routes – Karretjie People of the Great Karoo by Michael de Jongh (UNISA Press)
  • A Journey Through the Owl House by Anne Emslie (Penguin)
  • Karoo Rock Engravings by John Parkington, David Morris and Neil Rusch (Krakadouw Trust)

PLANT LIFE

  • Bossieveld by PM Le Roux, CD Kotze, GP Nel and HF Glen (Department of Agriculture)
  • Plants of the Klein Karoo by Jan Vlok and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok (Umdaus Press)
  • Karoo: South African Wildflower Guide 6 by David Shearing and Katryn van Heerden (Botanical Society of SA)
  • Karoo Veld: Ecology and Management edited by Karen Esler, Sue Milton and Richard Dean (Briza)

GEOLOGY

  • Geological Journeys by Nick Norman and Gavin Whitfield (Struik)
  • Geology: Off the Beaten Track by Nick Norman (Struik Nature)
  • The Story of Earth and Life: A South African Perspective by Terence McCarthy and Bruce Rubidge (Struik)
Curious? You can purchase some fascinating Karoo books by Country Life contributors Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit online.

Curious? You can purchase some fascinating Karoo books by Country Life contributors Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit online at their Karoo Keepsakes site.

 

Visit Karoo Keepsakes and www.karoospace.co.za

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