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Daphne Rooke

“More than fifty years ago South Africa’s most important newspaper opined that southern Africa was blessed in having three such wonderful young women writers as Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer and Daphne Rooke. Of the three, it believed, the best was clearly Rooke.” The TLS, July, 2006

The Toby Press is delighted to be issuing new editions of Daphne Rooke’s remarkable and timeless novels. We expect that a new generation of readers will appreciate and relish some of the finest South African writing of the last century.

Mittee
First published in 1952, Mittee was an international bestseller. Set in late nineteenth-century Transvaal, it dramatizes the intense, ambiguous love-hate relationship between Selina, a young colored servant girl, and her privileged white mistress, Mittee...

New in Paperback: ISBN 978 1 59264 206 9 c.250 PAGES, US$ 14.95, UK£9.99 CAN$19.95
Publication date: February 2008   More Info...
Mittee
Ratoons
Set in the cane fields of Natal, Ratoons is a portrait of a beautiful but barbaric land. The narrator Helen Angus, like her Indian friends Leela and later Amoya, is caught up in a world of contrasts where violence and hatred vie with love...

New in Paperback: ISBN 978 1 59264 204 5, c.250 PAGES, US$ 14.95, UK£9.99 CAN$19.95
Publication date: February 2008   More Info...
Ratoons
Wizards' Country
It is Zululand in the 1870s; a bloodthirsty Zulu king is embroiled in bitter war with the English. Witches dwell in every cave and wizards are abroad in every village. The son of the chief of the Tshanini tribe, Benge, is a frail cripple, but he is believed by some to be a magic dwarf, a person set apart, with strange powers...

New in Paperback: ISBN 978 159264 205 2 c.250 PAGES, US$ 14.95, UK£9.99 CAN$19.95
Publication date: February 2008   More Info...
Wizards' Country

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