Gallows Gecko

Slow, calm and meandering, like the Olifants River, this is an absorbing account of nineteenth century farm life in 'the valley', extending to the local village of Clanwilliam, the mission station of Wupperthal, the majestic Cederberg mountains and the capital city of Cape Town. Bearing in mind that his grandfather founded the Rhenish mission station at Wupperthal in 1829, and that his father became the dominee in Clanwilliam in 1884 when he was three years old, it is no surprise that Leipoldt's remarkable insight into the people of the Cederberg is unrivalled, for his roots ran deep in the area he always regarded as his spiritual home. In Gallows Gecko the author spans the centuries in a way that is wonderfully old fashioned, yet strikingly modern and ahead of his time. This is South African historical fiction at its best, capturing the essence of its time and place, and expressing the soul of South Africa.



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