Author(s): Andrew Norman
Politics, Society and Homosexuality in Post-War Britain: The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and its Significance
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.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||10 May 2018|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||32 colour photographs|