Storytelling by an expert

2015-11-12 06:00
 Ron Lock and his book ‘Tales of the Old East Coast’. PHOTO: supplied

Ron Lock and his book ‘Tales of the Old East Coast’. PHOTO: supplied

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TALES of the Old East Coast by Ron Lock is exactly what its title­ implies - a number of stories­ spanning from Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal and beyond.

It begins with the hazards of sailing up the East Coast and the ships that foundered off it, including the Sao Joao, which was wrecked off Port Edward in 1552. The survivors trekked over 1 000 kilometres to Lourenco Marques.

There are also tales of white children being taken in by local tribes like the amaPondo. Then there is the tale of a young girl Bessie, who legend­ has it, gave birth to Senzangakhona, father of King Shaka.

Other stories tell of slavers, the colonisation of South Africa by European nations, the 1820 settlers in the Eastern Cape, the Bushmen and Robben Island’s first white convicts.

The book contains almost 100 illustrations and spans a period of over 400 years. All the stories are told with the expertise of a true raconteur, so if you enjoyed Lock’s previous offerings — Hill of Squandered Valour, Spionkop 1900 and Blood on the Painted Mountain — then this will definitely appeal. - Supplied.

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