446pp., illus., map, paperback, First English Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2015
This history of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 was first published in 2012 in Dutch. Bossenbroek explores the war primarily through the experiences of three men: Willem Leyds, the Dutch lawyer who became South African Republic state secretary, Winston Churchill, then a British war reporter, and Deneys Reitz, the young Boer commando. The Dutch edition won the Libris/ Nasionale Nederlandse Geskiedenis Prys. Translated into English by Yvette Rosenberg.
"Shifts the genre of non-fiction into the realm of high literature" The AKO Literature Prize 2013
Martin Bossenbroek is Associate Professor in History at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.