Robert Mugabe’s Lost Jewel of Africa

Author(s): Andrew Norman 

ISBN: 9781781556887
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This is the story of Southern Rhodesia and its extraordinary history from the time of its earliest known inhabitants.
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  • The story captures the imagination of a prosperous and beautiful Southern Rhodesia: The Jewel of Africa

  • An account of the fledgling Robert Mugabe and growing tensions between blacks and whites. Highly topical today, this is worldwide interest

  • Describes how Mugabe’s radical reforms, political unrest and ‘fast-track land reform’ created chaos, plunging the once rich country in turmoil

    Robert Mugabe’s Lost Jewel of Africa is the story of Southern Rhodesia, from the time of its earliest known inhabitants, the Bushmen, to their displacement by the Bantu; the invasion by the Matabele under King Mzilikazi; the advent of the white missionaries; and the arrival of Cecil Rhodes and his Pioneer Column of early settlers, up to the time of independence in 1980.

    This is the romantic land of the high veld; of teeming game; of the great River Zambezi and the mighty Victoria Falls, and of enormous mineral wealth. This was the country that Robert Mugabe— its future leader—referred to as ‘the jewel of Africa’ and yet, in this land of plenty, tensions in the mid-twentieth century were mounting between its black inhabitants and its white ones, including those of British and Afrikaner stock: tensions which would one day boil over into a civil war in which Southern Rhodesia’s neighbours would also become involved.

    Andrew Norman has first-hand knowledge of the country, having arrived there with his parents in 1956, and describes what it was like to arrive in a British colony in the last decades of the colonial era.

    He explores the wonders of Wankie Game Reserve (now Hwange National Park); speaks of his schoolboy expedition to the Eastern Districts in search of the elusive ‘stone door ruin’; and describes his budding, personal friendship that developed between himself and his family’s black servant, Timot, at a time of racial segregation.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781556887
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 176 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 10 May 2018
    ILLUSTRATIONS 32 colour photographs



    Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. From 1972–83, Norman worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, and Adolf Hitler.