1,473 Pages


South Africa at the turn of the century. Young David Crawfurd, his studies interrupted by his father's death, is off to earn his living as a storekeeper in the country.

But a strange encounter and the whispers he hears on his journey persaude him that Blaauwildebeestefontein may not be as safe as first seemed.

Dark deeds and treacherous intrigues are afoot - all bound up with the mysterious and primeval kingdom of Prester John. Mysteries to which David Crawfurd holds the key...

This is the first of John Buchan's adventure/thriller novels. He later wrote such classics as The Thirty-Nine Steps etc.

Reader's Reviews


An excellent book about a Zulu uprising in the heart of South Africa. Although completely and utterly impossible, it is good fun, and a good read. However, I would say that on occasion the descriptions are slightly over the top and graphic. I thought that it was extremely similar to King Solomon's Mines.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 14+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 12+


Some descriptions are a bit graphic.

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