Publication date: July 2012
Recommended retail price: R190
This novel is about the journey of an ordinary South African caught up in the collapse of modern South Africa. Sitting on a hillside above a ruined Johannesburg, he is forced to make a choice – to go back to the pioneer spirit of the past, or to end his life alone amid the wreckage. He chooses the former, knowing that to survive he would, quite literally, have to start again from scratch; ‘going back’ to where South Africa was some 350 years ago.
He builds a primitive cart and embarks on a journey, not only to try to reach Durban where friends may have survived, but also to apply his mind, within the limits of his knowledge, education and background, to the circumstances that had brought him – and his country – unwittingly into this catastrophe.
Although the book is fiction, there is no guarantee that what is described cannot happen.
About the Author:
Jake van der Wilden, was born in 1941. His parents were Dutch immigrants, who initially settled in Pretoria. He was educated in the Western Cape, and has lived in many South African towns and cities. He has been married to his wife Pat for 41 years.
His career has wandered through the legal field, wholesale and retail selling, HR, training and development, owned a petrol station, and currently a small maintenance business. He loves to read, is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is a keen golfer.
He has visited five continents, and believes that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world when all concerned work to keep it that way.