𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Old Unionite Bartley Joseph (Class of 1978) on the recent release of his new book, 𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘰 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, written under his pseudonym, Theron Crawford.
𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘰 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 consists of a selection of twelve frontier stories of the Great Karoo, set mainly in the greater Graaff-Reinet area (three of which we’re told relate to Union High School).
They are recounted from the author’s own experiences and from the tales he heard as a young boy while accompanying his grandfathers to gatherings of the locals in the mid-20th century.
The book takes readers back to a time when the Karoo was struggling to recover from the hangover of its frontier existence and the scars left on its people caused by the Anglo-Boer war.
Meet the delightful, and sometimes quirky characters as they gather at stock fairs, church services, coffee shops, boys hostels, and under the starry night skies to share their experiences of the old Karoo.
“I have fond memories of the times I accompanied my grandfather on his daily chores on the farm, his visits to neighbouring farmers, and his trips to town to attend to farming issues. It is during these times that I picked up on many stories and incidents as I listened in on conversations. This is my small contribution to preserving these stories for generations to come.” – Bartley Joseph