The story of a dog and his master
"Here is a book, a fine book, about a dog of might and character, a real dog, not a ladies' dog, a dog of iron pluck! We can think of no other dog story that approaches it in strength of description, in sympathetic apprehension of dog nature and in vivid simplicity of style....It is a fascinating record, a story as wholesome and as clean as the cold wind of the morning, and it deserves to become a classic." -New York Tribune
"The first thing to be said about Sir Percy FitzPatrick's story is that all good parents and uncles and other friends of little folk would be well advised to purchase copies of 'Jock of the Bushveld' at once....One of the most delightful storybooks of the day." -Standard
"The chronicle of the life of a dog in South Africa and the hunting and mining adventures of his master, in most of which Jock played an important part." -Publishers Weekly
"A series of tales which resemble the 'Arabian Nights' in the circumstances of their origin, and the "just So' stories in their subject and fascination." -Morning Post
"The enjoyment that this book will give to old and young is pleasant to think about." -Field
"The book is interesting to those who love the wilds as a faithful picture of the heroic days of the bushveld....But it has another appeal, and the widest, for it is an ideal children's book, the best, in our opinion, since Mr. Kipling game the world his Jungle Books. It tells the adventures of a bull-terrier named Jock - a dog cast in heroic mold." -The Spectator
"We have not read so good a book on wild life in Africa for a long spell." -Illustrated "The best book on African hunting stories since Frederick Courteney Selous." -Star
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James Percy Fitzpatrick was born in King William's Town in 1862 and died on his Eastern Cape Farm, Amanzi, in 1931. He worked for the firm of H Eckstein and Co, later becoming a partner, and a director of Rand Mines Ltd. Always active in politics, he also found time to write several books besides the classic Jock of the Bushveld. His first book, Through Mashonaland with Pick and Pen, was published in 1892, followed by The Outspan: Tales of South Africa in 1897 and The Transvaal from Within in 1899.
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