Bartle Logie launches new book

2016-12-15 06:02
Bartle Logie (80) recently launched his new book Tales from an Unmapped Country. Photo: SUPPLIED

Bartle Logie (80) recently launched his new book Tales from an Unmapped Country. Photo: SUPPLIED

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ST Francis Bay author, Bartle Logie (80) recently launched his eighth book, Tales from an Unmapped Country.

According to Professor Richard Cowling, a Research Professor of Botany at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, this is Logie’s best book to date.

“The book is part travelogue and part memoir. The memoir part gives fascinating insights into a profoundly good man, a humanist, historian, teller of stories and – most importantly – a man of sound values, kind and compassionate.

“And we learn so much about Logie. Associated with communists, he performed in numerous Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, taught at leftist schools, hitch-hiked vast distances to distant lands, and was a neighbour and admirer of Eric Rosenthal of Test the Team fame and sold one of his artworks to Walter Batiss.”

According to Cowling, the unmapped country that Logie takes the reader to, is the world where the distinction between fact and fiction becomes blurred - the world of our memories.

“The mapped country is the Eastern Cape, where Bart and Caryl take us on journeys – along mapped roads – to familiar places to see how they have changed, says Cowling. “The stimulus for the trip came from a local friend, Kain Sisusa, who asked Logie to visit his village in the old Transkei. So that on his return, he could tell his friend the truth without hurting his heart.

Logie was nine years old when his first piece of writing was published. Magazine articles and blogs followed, before his first book was published in 1999.

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Three Kouga Express readers can each win one of Bartle Logie’s new book Tales from an Unmapped Country. The book is published by Write-On Publishing in St Francis Bay.

To enter, send your contact details to

The competition closes at noon on December 23. No late entries will be accepted.

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