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Dagga: A Short History by Hazel Crampton – A Book Sure to Ignite Debate

Dagga: A Short HistoryJacana Media is proud to present a book set to ignite debate on emerging issues such as licensing, legalisation and taxation of dagga in South Africa – Dagga: A Short History by Hazel Crampton:

“In a world stalked by biltong, Hazel Crampton’s latest literary cultivation is an enthralling and educative reminder of another enduring South African staple. Her pioneering short exploration of dagga displays a fine eye for telling detail, covers a lot of ground at an enjoyably brisk pace, and satisfies the reader’s inquisitiveness in all kinds of knowledgeable as well as unexpected ways. This gem of a book is enough to make you flap your wings.” – Professor Bill Nasson, Department of History, Stellenbosch University.

Dagga: A Short History is a conversation piece, a witty and thought-provoking overview of dagga in South Africa, its origins, background as a legal drug, and later criminalisation. An entertaining and informative take on the law and the current medical debate, it is an essential contribution to emerging issues such as licensing, legalisation and taxation.

About the author

Hazel Crampton is the author of the bestselling The Sunburnt Queen (Jacana, 2004), The Side of the Sun at Noon (Jacana, 2014), and co-editor of Into the Hitherto Unknown: Ensign Beutler’s Expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752 (Cape Town: Van Riebeeck Society, 2013).

Dagga: A Short History (then, now and just now) is her fourth book. Hazel is an artist and lives in Grahamstown.

Praise for The Sunburnt Queen

Crampton’s style is compelling … as a reader, I was invited to delight, to analyse, to contemplate, to speculate, to critique – what more could one ask of such a text? – Wordstock, National Arts Festival

Praise for The Side of the Sun at Noon

The Side of the Sun at Noon is a perfect read for fans of South African history and is packed with facts and interesting information about historical events in our country’s story of the mysterious Chobona and the young fascinating Eva. – Sarah Beningfield

Crampton is a historian with unique sensibility who writes unique books. – Professor Jeff Peires

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