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Jock of the Bushveld

Category: Classics
ISBN:   9780868522500
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
On sale: November 2018
List price: R185
Format: Paperback (New edition)
eBook ISBN
9781868424634 

Jock of the Bushveld


Percy Fitzpatrick


Jock of the Bushveld is the classic and much-loved story based on the true experiences of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his Staffordshire bull terrier, Jock. The story begins in the 1880s, at the time of the South African gold rush, when a young Fitzpatrick worked as an ox-wagon transport rider in the old Transvaal. There he came across a man who was in the process of drowning a puppy, the runt of the litter. He saved the dog and the story of his ever-faithful and loving companion was born.

First published in 1907, Jock of the Bushveld has been reprinted many times since. Now, with a fresh and engaging cover, and in a new handy B-format, this timeless South African classic retains the charm of the original story along with the original illustrations by Edmund Caldwell.

It will no doubt continue to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.


James Percy Fitzpatrick was born in King William’s Town in 1862. Always active in politics, he also found time to write several books besides the classic Jock of the Bushveld. His first book, Through Mashonaland with Pick and Pen, was published in 1892, followed by The Outspan: Tales of South Africa in 1897 and The Transvaal from Within in 1899. He died on his Eastern Cape Farm, Amanzi, in 1931, where he is buried.

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