Paul Murray

Paul Murray is a history educator at Diocesan College in Cape Town. He was awarded his DPhil degree in the historical sciences by the University of Pretoria, based on his study of the Afrikaans poet C Louis Leipoldt’s The valley, his English novel. He regularly travels to Italy, visiting his favourite sites and viewing international gothic art of the fourteenth century.

Lanzerac Wine Estate: a treasured Cape Winelands experience

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-04-18

"The big question stands: how did it get its name, the Lanzerac? How did she come upon the name?"

Murray’s food trails: Kalk Bay

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-03-08

"Spacious walkways stretch from one side of Kalk Bay to the other, offering excellent facilities for recreational walking or just sight-seeing – at places, with sight-seeing of the harbour and the mountains. Or, just come and enjoy fresh fish and chips from some of the local venues, such as Kalky’s, which is reasonably priced."

Murray’s food trails: Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2019-02-28

"Stellenbosch’s visitors, tourists and residents will certainly find a great deal of attraction in the area of Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, particularly the leg between Dorp and Plein Streets. There is a great deal to discover there, and lots to do  ̶  everything from ice cream parlours, fashion boutiques, a book shop, to antique stores and a range of restaurants/eateries."

Hermann Giliomee speaks about his latest book, Die Afrikaners

Paul Murray Books and writers 2018-07-04

"There was a hard-hitting question about the future of Afrikaans."

In memoriam: JC (Kay) de Villiers, 7 March 1928 – 5 June 2018

Paul Murray In memoriam 2018-06-11

"Out of all the great accomplishments in De Villiers’s career that reached universal proportions, the historical medical aspects of the South African Anglo-Boer War stand out as some of the supreme achievements of this genius and intellectual giant."

Eulogy to Raymond Danowski – in sacred memory

Paul Murray In memoriam 2018-02-13

"[I]n the mid-70s as he [Raymond] was putting together his collection of 20th-century English poetry ... From this initial stage, today the final product amounts to what is now known as the Danowski Poetry Library – a 75 000-volume collection of rare and first editions of modern and contemporary poetry at Emory University. It includes every poetry volume in English published world-wide in the 20th century."

An entirely different world: Russian visitors to the Cape, 1797–1870, edited by Boris Gorelik – a book review

Paul Murray Books and writers 2017-07-12

"As with several other cases of travellers rounding the Cape, Russian travellers saw it as a convenient stopover, although it became more than that – a place worthy of a visit."

Roughing it – 1820 settlers in their own words by Ralph Goldswain: a book review

Paul Murray Books and writers 2017-02-03

"Ralph Goldswain, in his work on Jeremiah Goldswain in The chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain (2014), and now in Roughing it, has made a considerable contribution to South African settler historiography."

History Matters by Bill Nasson – a book review

Paul Murray Books and writers 2017-02-01

"If Dudley was never meant to wave the magical fairy wand, to turn Nasson from a self-confessed numerical and scientific dunce into an Einstein, then he definitely succeeded in inspiring him to become a formidable historian. History matters is scientific proof!"

Book review: Emily Hobhouse – Beloved Traitor by Elsabé Brits

Paul Murray Books and writers 2016-10-26

"Brits has brought the persona of a remarkable person fully to life in the text. South African Hobhousian historiography has become unspeakably enriched from her writing."

Murray's Food Trails: The Tomato Trail

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2016-07-07

"Tomato is a capricious food form, its virtuosity never in dispute. A true gift of nature. Much like the perfect tamatiebredie!"

Book review: Burchell’s Travels by Susan Buchanan

Paul Murray Books and writers 2016-06-09

"The publishers have made sure that they give pride of place to Burchell’s life and travels in a highly accessible tome that is as attractive as it is readable. They have ensured that a life of extraordinary experience, in art and science, is appropriately commemorated."

Book review: Ontdekkingsreisiger of Soldaat? Die Verkenningstogte van Robert Jacob Gordon (1743–1795) in Suider-Afrika

Paul Murray Resensies 2016-04-20

"Luc Panhuysen has written a marvellous book on a period of Cape and South African history that truly enriches South African historiography. The painstaking task of rendering the original Dutch into Afrikaans, thus making it accessible to readers in this country, was undertaken by Wium Van Zyl."

Murray's Food Trails: The Hussar Grill

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2016-03-31

"At The Hussar Grill you are sure to go back in Rondebosch history."

Murray’s Food Trails: Ranoushe, Lebanese Restaurant Bar, Waterfront, Cape Town

Paul Murray Kos en wyn 2016-02-08

"It’s proof that some of the nicest dishes are from uncooked food, simple to make, and so tasty."

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