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The Historical Overberg

Event Date 
23 March 2017
The Book Cottage, Hermanus


Penguin Random House SA and The Book Cottage invite you to join us for the launch of The Historical Overberg  by Chris Schoeman:

Chris will be in conversation with Angela Heslop

  • Date:  Thursday, 23 March 2017
  • Time:  17:30  for 18:00
  • Venue:  The Book Cottage
  • Address:  17 Long Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200
  • RSVP: or 028 313 0834


About the Book:

Situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, the Overberg is an important agricultural region and a popular holiday destination for tourists and nature lovers who delight in the beauty of its mountainous landscape, abundant plant species and long sandy beaches.
But this area also has a rich history going back thousands of years, when the indigenous Khoi people originally thrived there, before the first European settlers arrived to leave their own indelible imprint on the culture, architecture and character of the region. This book provides a detailed account of this past by pointing out the many places, buildings, events and personalities that have made the Overberg the diverse and unique place that it is today.
The Overberg has been a home or point of interest for explorers, innovators, artists and writers, for figures as varied as Bartholomew Diaz, Olof Bergh, Hendrik Verwoerd, Gregoire Boonzaier, Audrey Blignault and Breyten Breytenbach. Some of South Africa’s oldest towns, houses and missionary stations can be found here, and its treacherous coastline has been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks for centuries.
Enlivened by historical and current photographs and informative side panels, this book is a collector’s item.