Under Table Mountain
A biographical Novel
The last decade of the 19th century were troubled years in South Africa. Tension between Britain and the two Boer republics, theTransvaal and the Orange Free State, increased until war became inevitable. These turbulent times saw many notable figures pass through Cape Town, including Rudyard Kipling, Robert Baden-Powell, Jan Smuts and Cecil Rhodes. All of them would visit ‘Mon Desir’, the home of Sir Henry Juta, barrister and Speaker of the Cape House.
Under table Mountain is the story of Louise Juta, the youngest of Sir Henry’s four daughters, from her birth until she left South Africa in 1904 to go to school in England and never return, the fascinating reminiscences of Lady Luia Forbes, as she was later to become.