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Die Boereoorlog

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In De Boerenoorlog (Die Boereoorlog/The Boer War), Bossenbroek gives the reader the full story of the (Anglo) Boer War (1899–1902) with an in-depth insight and detail previously unmatched.

“Verskuif die genre van nie-fiksie na ’n uitsonderlike hoë literêre vlak.” 

– Beoordelaarsverslag vir die AKO-Literatuurprys

“Oorspronklik, meesleurend en uitmuntend geskryf.” 

– Beoordelaarsverslag vir die Libris/Nasionale Nederlandse Geskiedenis Prys 2013


In De Boerenoorlog (Die Boereoorlog/The Boer War), Bossenbroek gives the reader the full story of the (Anglo) Boer War (1899–1902) with an in-depth insight and detail previously unmatched. Bossenbroek won the National Dutch History Prize 2013 for the book and was shortlisted for the preeminent AKO Literature Prize. The book has gone on to be a bestseller in the Netherlands.  

Bossenbroek follows three colourful main characters: the Dutch lawyer, South African Republic state attorney, state secretary and eventual European envoy Willem Leyds; the soon-to-be-immortalised British war-reporter Winston Churchill; and the Boer commander and one-day South African politician Deneys Reitz. This riveting new account of the war is a must-read for all South African history buffs. 

Jacana Media is publishing the Afrikaans translation in October 2014, under the title Die Boereoorlog and will publish the English edition in early 2015 as The Boer War. The Afrikaans edition has been translated by veteran journalist Anne-Marie Mischke and edited by acclaimed translator Daniel Hugo. The book will also appear in the US and UK in 2015. These exciting new translations will cement the critical acclaim already received by Bossenbroek and offer the South African reader the chance to savour his storytelling powers.

About the author

Martin Bossenbroek is an associate professor and historian at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He graduated from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1980 and received his doctorate from the University of Leiden in 1992. He is the author of many scholarly articles and De Boerenoorlog is his seventh published book. 

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Author: Martin Bossenbroek
ISBN: 9781431410552 
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431410569
ePUB ISBN:  9781431410576
mobi file ISBN: 9781431410583
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 456pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White
Rights: Southern African
Language: English
Publication Date: October 2014