One of South Africa’s most successful independent publishing ventures, Karoo Keepsakes I is more than a book. It’s a gift, it’s a traveller’s companion and a dedication to the people and the places that make up the dry Heartland of South Africa. It is also a collection of photographs and words that give you an insider’s view of what’s to be found under the seemingly flat vastness of the Karoo. Karoo Keepsakes is a voyage of discovery – and you’re invited on the trip.
David Braun, head of National Geographic Online, had this to say about Karoo Keepsakes I:
“It’s in this strange and magnificent land that husband-and-wife travel journalists Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit settled a few years ago. From their home in the Karoo town of Cradock, they set out to discover, explore, and document the South African heartland.
“In their new book Karoo Keepsakes (MLM Publishers, 2009), Marais and Du Toit showcase the awesome scenery, magnificent wildlife, and eccentric characters of the Karoo. It’s a book that reveals and celebrates South Africa’s best-kept travel secret.”
This is what Jenny Crwys-Williams, the literary doyenne of South Africa, thought of Karoo Keepsakes I:
“A most deliciously quirky look at the Karoo. One of the most professional privately published books that I have seen.”
Those are quotes from some of the ‘big guns’ in the publishing business. But what about the people who have already bought their copies of Karoo Keepsakes?
- “The photographs and stories are fantastic!” – K Maasdorp;
- “I am most impressed by this book – beautifully illustrated, lovely fresh concept – and I love the spunky size!” Linda Balona;
- “It looks great and will definitely guide us in the right direction on our travels!” – Ciska Peters;
- “What a delightful little gem!” – Sarah Welham;
- “I must let you know how much I’m enjoying Karoo Keepsakes…” – Brian Moult;
- “A delightful little treasure of a book…” – Nan Hodgson