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Sue Blaine reviews Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers: Early Colonial Cape Lives by Nigel Penn

Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers: Early Colonial Cape LivesVerdict: carrot

Following on from 1999’s Rogues, Rebels and Runaways, this is the fifth book (two are co-authored) from this University of Cape Town (UCT) historian. That he has won the UCT Book Award three times, and a Choice Award from the American Library Association in 2007, comes as no surprise — his prose is full of meticulous detail and wry humour. For some, the detail will be too much, others will revel in it as much as he does, and Penn’s prose is often entertaining.

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