“Griet approached the house via the kitchen and poured the
potion into a glass, put it on a tray, and brought it into the
hall. She offered it to the doctor with her characteristic little
Victorian curtsy. He smelled it – wonderful herbal scent. But
what, he thought for a moment, if it’s poisonous?”
First published in 1989, Guy Butler’s Tales from the Old
Karoo is considered to be one of the classics of South
African literature. In celebration of the author’s birth in
1918, this centenary issue is newly packaged and designed
to appeal to a modern audience.
The short stories in this collection are all set in the old
Karoo – in a place and time before tarred roads, television
and the internet replaced horse-drawn carriages, steam-
engine trains and fireside storytelling. In his
characteristically dry, humorous style, Guy Butler captures
the essence of the people and landscape of the Karoo. It is
a collection of delightful yarns and reminiscences about
real ghosts, imaginary people, stubborn farm animals, and
events that never happened – stories so strange they can
only be true.
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