‘Eavesdropping’ author to sign books at Rosehurst

2016-01-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The public is invited to get a copy of ‘Eavesdropping on Early Maritzburg’, signed by author Carol MacCallum (above) at Rosehurst on Friday.

PHOTO: supplied The public is invited to get a copy of ‘Eavesdropping on Early Maritzburg’, signed by author Carol MacCallum (above) at Rosehurst on Friday.

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LOCAL author, Carol MacCallum, will be hosting a book signing on Friday, 29 January at Rosehurst, 239 Boom Street, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, promoting her latest book, Eavesdropping on Early Maritzburg.

This book is not only for historians, it is for anyone who loves and is interested in what Pietermaritzburg was like many years ago, even before street lights were installed and people walked around with lamps.

A true story is told of an elderly lady who went out without her lamp and the encounters that followed there- after while walking home.

Eavesdropping on Early Maritzburg is the latest book written about Pietermaritzburg­. Over the years, several authors have tackled the early history of the city. MacCallum explained that her book, while historically correct, deals more with the social history of Maritzburg and the study of everyday life. It is filled with interesting unknown facts giving a better understanding of what it was like then. MacCallum schooled at PMB Girls’ High and then studied history and psychology at Unisa and has had a passion for social history since Grade 9.

“History is not just about dates and wars - it is made up of far more. It is the study of the social side of history, which reveals what life was like at that time, and gives a greater understanding of the subject as a whole,” she said.

MacCallum worked as the corporate fund-raiser for SOS Children’s Village, and then as the founding director of Sinethemba. Unfortunately, this NPO closed as a result of MacCallum receiving death threats. She then decided to retire and started her writing career. The demand for this book has necessitated a second printing.

The public is invited to get a signed copy of her book. - Supplied.

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