Penstock Publishing

Martha –
A Story About the Black Countess of Stamford

Author: Winnie Rust
Soft cover, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-620-46454-3
Price: R195,00

Martha (Afrikaans) –

'n Storie oor Martha Solomons

Countess of Stamford


deur Winnie Rust

Sagteband, 394 bladsye

ISBN 978-0-620-32476-2 


Martha Solomons is a simple woman, the daughter of a freed slave. Harry Grey is a priest from the British aristocracy, sent to the Cape Colony of the mid-nineteenth century because of bad behaviour. In the rugged Namaqualand their paths cross and a bond of love develops that stays with them throughout the contrasting landscapes of their lives.

Based on the lives of Martha Solomons and Harry Grey, this fascinating story was first published in Afrikaans, and was runner-up for the MNet-Jan Rabie Literary Award. Elsa Silke's masterful translation retains the spirit and the essence of the era in which this historical novel is set.