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Podcast: Hazel Crampton on the Story of the Elusive Chobona People Examined in The Side of the Sun at Noon

The Side of the Sun at NoonHazel Crampton was in studio at Radio Today with Sue Grant-Marshall for the Reading Matters show to discuss her recently launched book, The Side of the Sun at Noon.

Crampton speaks about Eva, a 13-year-old Khoikhoi girl, who worked as Jan van Riebeek’s interpreter when the Dutch first settled in the Cape of Good Hope. It was through Eva’s translations that Van Riebeek came to learn about the Chobona people, who were said to have gold. Numerous expeditions were sent out to find these elusive people, but none did. In the years that have followed the stories were attributed to Eva’s overactive imagination.

In The Side of the Sun at Noon Crampton explores the truth behind the stories. Listen to her discussion of the book in the interview, which starts around the 5:30 second mark:

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