Author: Winnie Rust. Translated by Elsa Silke
Format: Soft cover with flaps, 224 pages
Classification: Historical novel
Martha Solomons is a simple woman, the daughter of a freed slave. Harry Grey is a priest from the British aristocracy, sent to the Cape Colony of the mid-nineteenth century because of bad behaviour. In the rugged Namaqualand their paths cross and a bond of love develops that stays with them throughout the contrasting landscapes of their lives.
Based on the lives of Martha Solomons and Harry Grey, this fascinating story was first published in Afrikaans, and was runner-up for the MNet-Jan Rabie Literary Award. Elsa Silke’s masterful translation retains the spirit and the essence of the era in which this historical novel is set.