I like to tell little-known tales from the past; stories about special animals who profoundly impacted the lives of everyday people, and in doing so, made a mark on history—and in a way, on humanity itself.
Jack was exactly that.
Well, monkey. Have I just bought myself more trouble?”
RAILWAY JACK is the true story of the remarkable partnership between a railwayman and a baboon in 1880s South Africa.
When Jim Wide lost his legs in an accident, he had to find clever ways to get around and perform his work. He obtained a very unusual, and very smart, helper: a baboon named Jack. But not everyone was happy to see a baboon at the rail yard signal hut, and Jim was fired. He pleaded with the authorities to give Jack a chance and they agreed to a test. But what about a monkey’s monkey business?? Jim and Jack’s futures lay in the hands—er, opposable thumbs—of a baboon!
RAILWAY JACK should entertain and enlighten readers of any age, and provides several topics of conversation for young people and their adults.
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In South Africa, JACK can be ordered through
Fogarty’s Bookshop in Port Elizabeth
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