155pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020
Margaretha (Maggie) Jooste's account of her experiences during the Anglo-Boer War. She was 13 years old when the war broke out. After months of house arrest in their home in Heidelberg, Maggie, her mother and younger siblings were sent away, in a cattle truck, to a concentration camp in Howick, Natal.
Also available in Afrikaans.
"Beautifully written, this rich and sensitive personal account of a young Boer girl's experiences in the Anglo-Boer War shines with pathos and empathy. Intelligent, fair-minded and packed with fascinating detail, this profoundly moving war memoir of extraordinary resilience and humanity is not only marvellously readable. It is also a history lesson and a moral tale for our times. " Bill Nasson, author of The South African War, 1899-1902
"There is no bitterness. No pro-Boer or anti-British propaganda. A very intimate strikingly honest narrative" Fransjohan Pretorius, author of Life on Commando during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902