The Hansie Cronje Story

Garth King's book was released on July 22nd and is now sitting pretty at the top of South Africa's non-fiction best-seller list. At "Fascination Books" bookstore in Bloemfontein (Cronje's hometown), the book reportedly outsold J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince" in the first week of its release.

"It is the marring of greatness that makes for such a compelling human story. Hansie's greatest battles were against himself. His story is therefore a universal story of the human condition, a story which may inspire reflection on one's own shortcomings, and on the nature of sin, and forgiveness." - From the Hansie Cronje website

The book should be make an interesting read and it definitely gets onto the top of my wish-list.

Here is an extract from Chapter 1 (Boy in a Storm) of the book
A tall and athletic boy, with big, hazel laughing eyes, a neatly shorn head of stiff black-brown curls above bushy eyebrows, stood in the wide and long backyard of his family’s suburban home at 246 Paul Kruger Avenue, in the genteel Bloemfontein suburb of Universitas.

Cricket stumps were placed near a corrugated asbestos wall running along the side of the property. The wall had several holes in it, which stand to this day, where hard cork balls had breached after repeated and explosive deliveries. Over the years, most of the large and small windowpanes on one side of the home had been broken by the unruly garden games of the sport-mad children.

Hansie Cronjé, 10, was at the crease. Bowling was young Allan Donald, a lanky and powerful boy with a long, quick and brutal arm and furious expression. Fielding were Hansie’s older brother, Frans, and younger sister, Hester, as well as the three Bojé brothers, Nicky, Louis and Fourie.


Apparently, a movie (titled "The Hansie Cronje Movie") is also being planned. The screen-play is being finalised and it would be a co-produced by "BlueRock Pictures" and "The Out Of Africa picture company".

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