David Hilton-Barber

Biography

David Atherstone Hilton-Barber is a fourth generation member of 1820 settler stock. After completing his BA Hons degree at Rhodes University, he trained as a journalist following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather, Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times. He later became a public relations consultant and for 15 years was involved in a wide range of programmes for the private and public sector. He retired to Tzaneen in 1989. He has written four books, a history of Tzaneen, a history of Haenertsburg, a history of the Tati Concession (the first gold rush in Southern Africa) and a biography of Len Hobson. he is presently researching two other historical projects. He also writes for local and national media on conservation and local government.

Books

Hobson's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,840. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Africa, Nonfiction » History » Africa
This is book is a cameo of Len Hobson’s memories of growing up in the 1930s, the early days of farming in the Karoo, his youthful exploits, his exposure to the poverty of the poor whites at that time and his grief at losing his sibling and later, two of his wives. Len Hobson is a humble soul who has never lost touch with the simple side of life. He is a down-toearth man of the soil.
Footprints
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,430. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Africa, Nonfiction » History » Africa
Here is an idiosyncratic view of one of South Africa’s loveliest districts. History is certainly revealed, but the book is much more than dry-as-dust fact and chronologies. The mountains and valleys and abundant vegetation of the northern Drakensberg have inspired many people. Their stories enliven almost every page.
The Baronet And The Savage King
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,560. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Africa, Nonfiction » History » Africa
“Gold mined at Tati was identifi ed with the dynasty of the Queen of Sheba and the ancient rulers of biblical Ophir. David’s book records how this notion, mentioned in Milton’s Paradise Lost, was discarded as being romantic fi ction. But romance there is here aplenty.” JOHN GORDON DAVIS, bestselling author of Hold My Hand I’m Dying

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