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Bartle Logie
Bartle Logie

Bartle “Bart” Logie is a retired teacher and former headmas­ter of Woodridge Preparatory School (an independent school near Thornhill, between Jef­frey’s Bay and Port Elizabeth), and now lives in St Francis Bay. He was born in Johannesburg, but has strong Eastern Cape connections, having spent the greater part of his life in the province.

As a result of his particular interest in the history of his favou­rite province, he has written magazine articles on various aspects of the region. A study of old farm buildings in the former Humans­dorp Division of the old Cape Colony led to the compilation in 2010 of an historical gazetteer for the area, and in 2014 he completed, in association with Margaret Harradine, a similar volume for the Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth Divisions on behalf of the Historical Society of Port Elizabeth.

He has contributed towards reports on localities such as the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the village of Hankey for various central government and local authorities. His research and writ­ings have also appeared on a number of tourism websites.

Together with his wife, Caryl, a keen botanist, he has been in­volved – when not writing or travelling – in a variety of projects connected with the preservation of biodiversity in the Eastern Cape.

Bart’s books are a unique combination of travelogue, local history documentary, and fireside story, all told in a free-flowing, easy-to-read and relaxed style. His approach combines meticulous research with hands-on, personal experience of the plac­es and people he describes. Bart and Caryl have probably logged more kilometres, both on foot and by car, since he retired, than most peo­ple do in a lifetime!

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Boots in the Baviaans

R109,00
In this his seventh book of journeys past and present in South Africa, Eastern Cape author Bartle Logie, accompanied by his wife Caryl, dons hiking boots to explore one of the Eastern Cape’s hidden gems: the Baviaanskloof, a recently designated World Heritage Site, with its rugged scenic and natural beauty. In his easy and sympathetic manner and with consummate story-telling skill, Bart regales the reader with tales of people and events that over the centuries have helped shape and been shaped by the Kloof and its bordering mountains and rivers. Bart and Caryl’s love for and appreciation of the complexities of this unique wilderness, now a World Heritage Site, shines from the pages. New features include GPS co-ordinates to sites mentioned in the book.
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Boots in the Baviaans

R109,00
In this his seventh book of journeys past and present in South Africa, Eastern Cape author Bartle Logie, accompanied by his wife Caryl, dons hiking boots to explore one of the Eastern Cape’s hidden gems: the Baviaanskloof, a recently designated World Heritage Site, with its rugged scenic and natural beauty. In his easy and sympathetic manner and with consummate story-telling skill, Bart regales the reader with tales of people and events that over the centuries have helped shape and been shaped by the Kloof and its bordering mountains and rivers. Bart and Caryl’s love for and appreciation of the complexities of this unique wilderness, now a World Heritage Site, shines from the pages. New features include GPS co-ordinates to sites mentioned in the book.
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Sundays: Tales from a Winding River

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In his inimitable story-telling style, Bartle recounts many a fascinating tale of people and places associated with the Sundays River, the waters of which form a common thread as it winds its way through their lives and events. And it is the water, too, that has been the focus of so many man-made changes in the environment of the river. The book is well illustrated with historical photographs.
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Sundays: Tales from a Winding River

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In his inimitable story-telling style, Bartle recounts many a fascinating tale of people and places associated with the Sundays River, the waters of which form a common thread as it winds its way through their lives and events. And it is the water, too, that has been the focus of so many man-made changes in the environment of the river. The book is well illustrated with historical photographs.
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Tales from an Unmapped Country

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“I have an idea,” said Kain. “You must go and visit my old village. Because why? Because you are always travelling and talking to people. When you come back you will be able to tell me the truth, but not to hurt my heart. You will tell me and I will be pleased to hear, but I don’t want to go there again myself, it will make my heart too sore.” Both journeys offer up wonderful insights into places and people, and into the persona and character of the author.
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Tales from an Unmapped Country

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“I have an idea,” said Kain. “You must go and visit my old village. Because why? Because you are always travelling and talking to people. When you come back you will be able to tell me the truth, but not to hurt my heart. You will tell me and I will be pleased to hear, but I don’t want to go there again myself, it will make my heart too sore.” Both journeys offer up wonderful insights into places and people, and into the persona and character of the author.
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Toasted Marshmallows & Obies

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What has not changed is the meticulous research, both on the ground and from reference material, and an easy, personal story-telling style. All in all, vintage Bartle Logie!
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Toasted Marshmallows & Obies

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Travellers’ Tales

Published on May 2023
R109,00
“For the greater part of our lives Caryl and I have travelled the roads and walked the veld of the Eastern Cape. Both of our fathers were born here, Caryl’s in Cala in what was the then Transkei, and mine on a farm just west of Port Alfred in what was then the Lower Albany District. “During our travels we have met with shop-keepers and shepherds, labourers and lay-abouts, conservationists and con-men, farmers and financiers and many more. Some make an appearance in the pages of this book.” This is how adventurer, historian and raconteur Bartle Logie introduces this, his 11th Eastern/Western Cape travel book. However, in true Bartle fashion, you can be assured that it is not only people, interesting as they are, who appear in the book, but special places, events, plants and animals. Behind every story is meticulous research, both the desk- bound and real on-the-ground varieties - Bartle Logie hallmarks. The trusty trio - Bartle, Caryl and the Isuzu bakkie - continue to criss-cross this wonderful region to keep us entertained with its history, people and spectacular beauty.
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Travellers’ Tales

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“For the greater part of our lives Caryl and I have travelled the roads and walked the veld of the Eastern Cape. Both of our fathers were born here, Caryl’s in Cala in what was the then Transkei, and mine on a farm just west of Port Alfred in what was then the Lower Albany District. “During our travels we have met with shop-keepers and shepherds, labourers and lay-abouts, conservationists and con-men, farmers and financiers and many more. Some make an appearance in the pages of this book.” This is how adventurer, historian and raconteur Bartle Logie introduces this, his 11th Eastern/Western Cape travel book. However, in true Bartle fashion, you can be assured that it is not only people, interesting as they are, who appear in the book, but special places, events, plants and animals. Behind every story is meticulous research, both the desk- bound and real on-the-ground varieties - Bartle Logie hallmarks. The trusty trio - Bartle, Caryl and the Isuzu bakkie - continue to criss-cross this wonderful region to keep us entertained with its history, people and spectacular beauty.
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Travels with 20/20 Vision

Published on May 2023
R109,00
Adventurer, historian and raconteur Bartle Logie’s normal research pattern involves intensive deskbound research, accompanied by meticulously following the route of the planned narrative in the trusty Isuzu. However, this was not to be for this his 10th book – those plans hit a major snag in 2020: the Coronavirus Pandemic. As he puts it: “Making plans is all very well, but we were no sooner on our way than we were faced with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown. This resulted in enforced ‘virtual’ travel while seated at home in a comfortable chair. Ultimately, in dribs and drabs, the journey was completed in reality, but unlike any other that we have undertaken.” However, this has not in any way detracted from this eminently readable story of the history, people, flora and fauna of the Garden Route and the Langkloof – among South Africa’s most beautiful and fascinating regions – told in Bartle Logie’s easy, highly personal fireside style.
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Travels with 20/20 Vision

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Adventurer, historian and raconteur Bartle Logie’s normal research pattern involves intensive deskbound research, accompanied by meticulously following the route of the planned narrative in the trusty Isuzu. However, this was not to be for this his 10th book – those plans hit a major snag in 2020: the Coronavirus Pandemic. As he puts it: “Making plans is all very well, but we were no sooner on our way than we were faced with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown. This resulted in enforced ‘virtual’ travel while seated at home in a comfortable chair. Ultimately, in dribs and drabs, the journey was completed in reality, but unlike any other that we have undertaken.” However, this has not in any way detracted from this eminently readable story of the history, people, flora and fauna of the Garden Route and the Langkloof – among South Africa’s most beautiful and fascinating regions – told in Bartle Logie’s easy, highly personal fireside style.
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