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Sunday, June 4, 2017


Written by Nicki Von Der Heyde, Guide to Sieges of South Africa, offers a fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike.

A companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, this new guide covers pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars. It presents 17 sieges over the last two centuries and explores in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments, and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced.

The siege descriptions are animated by maps, timelines and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts. The book also provides practical information for visitors wishing to explore these historical sites.

Nicki von der Heyde graduated from the University of Cape Town having read English and History, and later combined her love for both travel and South African war history by becoming a specialist guide to the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo Boer War battlefields in KZN, where she is known for her expert knowledge and passion for her subject. Her first book, Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa was shortlisted for the Nielsen award and over

Some 7,000 copies have been sold to date. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society. ISBN: 9781775842019. RRP: R300.00.

The book is published by Penguin Random House and will be launched at Adams at Musgrave on June 25 from 17h30 with two entertaining speakers - Professor Donal McCracken and Nicky Von Der Heyde. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Debbie Catlett at