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Non-Fiction - General~Rhodesia / Zimbabwe~~~13096~13125~General (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe). Rhodesia and Zimbabwe life in general books. Includes popluar books covering %27Rhodesia is Super%27 years%3A A Guiding Son - John Osborne, Bulawayo Changing Skyline, Cricket%27s Rich Heritage%3A A history of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe national sides - Jonty Winch, More Rhodesian Senior Schools, Salisbury Changing Skyline,~
A Decade In Rhodesia - Elsie Alice Bell~"A gem in the middle of Southern Africa - a landlocked country with many blessings. You have the longest of rivers, Zambezi. You have the biggest of mountains, Eastern Highlands. You have the hottest and prettiest of bush, Lowvelds. You have the most wonderful game park, Wankie National Park, You have the most magnificent waterfall, Victoria Falls. You have the biggest of manmade lakes, Kariba. You have the greatest of mysteries, Zimbabwe Ruins. But most of all, Rhodesia, you have people, who live and love there." - Author
ISBN 184401472X, 2005, 140pages (NB - print font is larger than usual)~~A Decade In Rhodesia|ISBN 184401472X|~13096~13124~A Decade In Rhodesia, Elsie Alice Bell~
Bonanza - 75 years of flue cured tobacco advice - DS McClymont~This book covers every facet of tobacco production in Rhodesia: seedbed preparation; soil types and their fertilization; land preparation and layout; plant density and planting methods; reaping, curing and grading, and pest and disease control.
Books of Zimbabwe, 1981. 180 x 120 mm, iv, 112 pp., 12 illus., 5 diagrams, l Appendix, Bibliography, 1981.
ISBN 086920226 X (Hardback), 0869202421 (Softback) ~Books of Zimbabwe, 1981
180 x 120 mm, iv, 112 pp., 12 illus., 5 diagrams, lAppendix, Bibliography, 1981.
ISBN (Hardback) 0 86920 226 X, (Softback) 0 86920 2421
During the past seventy five years the tobacco industry in Rhodesia was instrumental in bringing to the country significant amounts of capital in the form of cash and skilled manpower.

The wealth it generated contributed considerably to the impressive development manifest in its principal city and in the prosperous smaller centres which serve it: Hartley, Marandellas, Sinoia and Rusape to name but a few.

It attracted men of initiative. It encouraged research in the field of tropical agriculture which embraced every aspect of the care, as well as the exploitation, of the country's natural resources.

This book covers every facet of tobacco production: seedbed preparation; soil types and their fertilization; land preparation and layout; plant density and planting methods; reaping, curing and grading, and pest and disease control. There is a short chapter on varieties and their development beginning with South's early endeavours and ending with the Kutsaga E and K strains of the late 1 970s. All topics are carefully annotated.

It is both a history and an authoritative work of reference which should find a place in the library of every tobacco grower and every academic or official body with a special interest in this branch of crop production.


"Seldom before has it been so enjoyable to read a review of technical information in such a relaxed, yet concise, style.This informative work will be appreciated by anyone involved in the tobacco industry, whether producing or manufacturing or studying."
THE FARMER
~Bonanza (S/Cover)|C ISBN 0869202421|Bonanza (H/Cover)|C ISBN 086920226 X|~13096~13123~Bonanza - 75 years of flue cured tobacco advice - DS McClymont~
Bulawayo Changing Skyline: 1893-1980 - Sketched by AD Jack, text by LW Bolze~This is a unique presentation, in a handsome large coffee-table volume, of Bulawayo's architecture and street scenes from it's beginnings to 1980 - the story of its growth told through its buildings and the people associated with them. It is a fascinating record of a city of pioneering character and robust individuality. More than 150 subjects are illustrated in various media - pencil & watercolours sketches, and full colour photographs. The informative text set the sketches in their historical perspective and adds background that makes them more meaningful.
ISBN 0 86920 203 0. Size - 290x390mm, 160 pages

Folio version available [Catalogue]~~Bulawayo Changing Skyline%3A 1893-1980 book|C ISBN 0869202049|~13096~13122~Bulawayo Changing Skyline%3A 1893-1980 - Sketched by AD Jack, text by LW Bolze~
Cricket's Rich Heritage: A history of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe national sides - Jonty Winch~From matting and ant-heap wickets to immaculate turf, Jonty Winch, a dedicated chronicler, traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
ISBN 0 86920 256 1, Books of Zimbabwe Publishing, 1983~~Cricket%27s Rich Heritage|C ISBN 0869202561|~13096~13121~Cricket%27s Rich Heritage%3A A history of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe national sides - Jonty Winch~
Curfew & Kalashnikovs - Jason Gardner~This book talks about the experiences of 'Betty', a woman who at 16 left her home to assist the UK Red Cross in dealing with Evacuee children from London. At 18 she joined the Royal Navy to work as a nurse at one of their large hospitals near Portsmouth. After the 2nd World War she and her husband emigrated to Northern Rhodesia and stayed for the next 20 years, during which time Northern Rhodesia gained independence and became Zambia. She lived in Rhodesia (formerly Southern Rhodesia) during the period of the Rhodesian Bush War and her fascinating experiences during this 16 years up to the time she left in 1981 provided the background material for Curfew and Kalashnikovs .
This is a fascinating account of "Betty's" time in Rhodesia and will enlighten the reader on many issues at this time but as well as being factual, this is also the life story of a very interesting woman.
ISBN13-9781904985488, May 2007. 258 pages~Stamford House Publishing - May 2007
Pages: 258
ISBN:1904985483; ISBN13: 9781904985488

~Curfew & Kalashnikovs|ISBN-13 9781904985488|~13096~13120~Curfew & Kalashnikovs, Jason Gardner, rhodesia bush war~
Gallic Thunderbolt: The story of René Leclézio and Lonrho Sugar - compliled by Jerry Gosnell~Lonrho Sugar Corporation, one of Africa's most successful sugar companies, was the creation of one man, René Leclézio, Lonrho's "Gallic Thunderbolt". From its beginning in Malawi in 1965 he made it an international force in the sugar world by the time he retired in 1994. Lonrho Sugar was that rarest of animals, a multinational operating exclusively in Africa which always made profits; survived floods, droughts and coups and established a reputation for long term commitment to the communities in which it worked. This book is not a biography of an individual, nor is it a history of a company. It is a collection of reminiscences written by the people who were close to René and the story of the group he created, told by the men and women who were there.
ISBN 0-620-31944-5. 2004. Softcover 170 x 240 mm, 308 pages. 70 photos.~Private publication, 2004
ISBN 0-620-31944-5
308 pages (170 x 240 mm)
Softcover


The Book

Lonrho Sugar Corporation, one of Africa's most successful sugar companies, was the creation of one man, René Leclézio, who nurtured it from its infancy at SUCOMA in Malawi in 1965 to become an international force in the sugar world by the time he retired in 1994.

René Leclézio was Lonrho's "Gallic Thunderbolt" but without the backing of Tiny Rowland, the charismatic Chief Executive of Lonrho, the story would have been very different. Tiny and René were the perfect team. Tiny gave René all the corporate and political support he needed, but knew when to stand back and let René run the show the way only he knew. René became Tiny's most trusted director and close personal friend and Tiny paid him the ultimate compliment by asking him to become Chairman of Lonrho in 1991.

Following the creation of SUCOMA in 1965, it really all happened in a whirlwind spell of less than a year between October 1967, when Lonrho purchased Anglo Ceylon and General Estates' three sugar mills and estates in Mauritius, and mid 1968 when the dynamic duo engineered a reverse take-over of Swaziland Sugar Milling Company (SSM), bringing Ubombo Ranches under Lonrho control. Shortly thereafter, Glendale Sugar Milling was brought into the fold, thus creating an international sugar group with six, later with the addition of Dwangwa seven, mills in four countries.

This book is not a biography of an individual, nor is it a history of a company. It is a collection of reminiscences written by the people who were close to René and the story of the group he created, told by the men and women who were there.



Book Review

The life and times of a sugar daddy

By the time he retired from Lonhro Sugar Corporation in 1994, René Leclézio had achieved what mere mortals only dream about. From humble beginnings as laboratory chemist for Beau- Séjour and Beau-Vallon sugar factories, René went on to become Chairman of Lonrho, an international force in the sugar world. Along the way, he inspired all those who worked with him and accomplished the Herculean task of turning all Lonrho ventures in Africa, a continent renowned for its political, economic and meteorological volatility, into profitable, well-run entities.

Gallic Thunderbolt is one of the rare birds of the book world. It is unostentatious and unassuming, yet it provides for great reading from cover to cover. Through the contributions of René’s collaborators and friends, it effortlessly retraces the steps of a man renowned for the energy and stubbornness with which he attacked life. Gosnell explains how Leclézio obtained his poetic nickname, “He was soon to become known as the Gallic Thunderbolt for his impossible working and travelling habits. However inconvenient or simply exhausting working to René’s pattern might become, hardly anyone ever let him down, mainly because of the example he set, his inspiring leadership and the Gallic charm he used to such great effect when spirits were flagging.”

Gallic Thunderbolt is written in a self-effaced and limpid manner privileging substance over stylistic flourish. The subject matter and the almost maniacal attention to detail enable the reader to relive René’s travails across the vast African continent all the way to Lonhro’s London headquarters. The early years in Hippo Valley in Zimbabwe and the SUCOMA estate in Malawi provide a plethora of earthy, and often humorous, anecdotes of the living conditions encountered by the Mauritian clique. Guy de Rosnay’s reminiscence of the SUCOMA era is a good example: “It was thrilling because there was everything to do. We were on virgin land, there were no means of communication and living at Chikwawa, 50 kilometres from the estate, the reigning mosquitoes wrapped us in one massive and aggressive cloud!”

The glorious past of Lonrho

This is not simply the chronicle of a success story. Instead, it is a fascinating foray into the world of yesteryear when business was a mountain that only true pioneers could conquer. The reader will also note that most of René’s relationships were forged for life and the respect he inspired amongst his staff ensured that they would always strive to get him what he wanted even when that implied making considerable sacrifices. René had many of the characteristics inherent to leaders and those who worked with or for him instinctively knew that nothing short of excellence would be acceptable.

A key facet of René’s rapid ascendancy was his symbiotic relationship with the mercurially brilliant Tiny Rowland, CEO of Lonrho. The latter’s connections with African leaders coupled with the dynamism of his Gallic Thunderbolt, gifted the duo with a Midas touch that they used profusely. Chris Saunders, an early collaborator describes the chemistry that united Tiny and René: “He was recruited by Tiny Rowland of Lonrho who recognized this man as a kindred soul – someone who was prepared to take risks, fight for a principle, be happy to go to the ends of the earth if he saw an advantage for his employer, and most important of all, recognize loyalty as the supreme gift that a man can offer his superior.”

By the time René reached the pinnacle of his career, being named Chairman of Lonrho in 1991, the company was stuck in the financial doldrums with profits falling from £273 million in 1990 to £80 million in 1992. The purchase of a large minority in the share capital by German entrepreneur Dieter Bock heralded the dawn of a new era where investment brokers decided on policy and the African estates, on which the Lonrho Sugar empire had been built, were all but forgotten. Bock, who had acquired the office of Joint Chief Executive and Managing Director along with the share capital, was to sound the death knell by selling Lonhro in 1997. Thankfully, René had resigned in 1994 so he didn’t have to witness the end first-hand.

René Leclezio’s story is the story of sugar in Africa – politically, economically and, most importantly, socially. His life shows us that no obstacle is insurmountable, no problem without a solution. This is the spirit we must rekindle if we are to have even a glimmer of hope.

Review by by Nicholas Rainer; L'Express Mauritius, March 6 2004

The Author
This book is a collection of reminiscences of the people who were close to René - his colleagues, family and friends. It was compiled by Jerry Gosnell, for whom René was a colleague, mentor and friend for over 20 years.~Gallic Thunderbolt|X ISBN 0620319445|~13096~13119~Lonrho Sugar Corporation, René Leclézio,Gallic Thunderbolt~
Jack Malloch: Tango Romeo: The Life and Times - Alan Brough~ (Title not finalised. 'Cover' on left is not the book, just a picture & painting we have selected pending the official cover design from the publisher)
This biography is a true life action adventure story of incredible human achievement set against the backdrop of Africa's bloody and turbulent past - a past which has been largely forgotten by the rest of the world. After flying spitfires in WW2, Jack Malloch went onto being a pioneering aviator who ran numerous clandestine airlines in Africa in the early post-independent years where he was involved in gun-running against the encroachment of Communism, basically being involved wherever mercenaries were in Africa - The Congo, Yemen, Biafra, Comoros, Dahomey and the Seychelles. He actively fought against the UN, yet was in the pay of both the CIA and the French secret service. He is most well known as the arch Rhodesian sanctions buster who almost single-handedly kept Rhodesia alive through a steady supply of consumer goods, arms and ammunition throughout the years of Rhodesia's UDI. He also piloted many of the long range RLI / SAS parachute drops into Mozambique and Zambia. This 700+ pages book is not a 'Rhodesian War' story, rather its a 'Rhodesian at War' story of a highly active and secretive man - a man the public generally only started to become aware of, shortly before his death flying his restored Spitfire during filming of a documentary in 1982.
Planned publication date: Possibly late 2010
ITEM CODE - TRJM
NOTE - If you have memories of Jack Malloch and can contribute stories, we will gladly pass onto the author. Signed Limited edition copies of Jack and his Spitfire's 'Last Moments Together' painting by William Sykes available - please let us know.~ (Title not finalised, 'cover' on left is not the book, just a picture & painting we have selected pending the offical cover design)
World War 2 Spitfire pilot, erstwhile CIA agent and participant in a dozen African wars, coups and revolutions.

It is a classic series of tales about one man's determination to help those whom he believed needed assistance during a period when many of Africa's conflicts were fuelled and abetted by Cold War politics. Africa was not only the battleground of Moscow and Washington, it was also a remarkable cauldron of intrigue, violence and power play that often overflowed national borders.

Jack Malloch was closely involved with Rhodesia's Special Air Service regiment, including having direct involvement in some of that unit's long-range cross border operations.

The CIA also enters the picture, from their initial involvement with Jack in Katanga, through the civil wars in the Congo right to getting US Senate approval to sell him DC-8's in the early/mid 1970's with jet conversion training for his crews in America - which was sponsored by the wife of Claire Chennault, the founder of the CIA's Air America!

Malloch was also involved with the British Military at about the time of Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and was subsequently involved in some military support flights into the Sudan for Whitehall. There were also clandestine military flights into the Aden desert in the early 1960's delivering weapons for the British SAS in their fight against the Communists. While in the mid-1970's it seems that the British bases in Sharjah were facilitating the sale of second hand equipment and parts for Rhodesia's British built Hunter strike aircraft, subsequently used against the guerrillas who were invading Rhodesia from Mocambique and Zambia.

But most of the 'secret' work that Jack did was with the French Secret Service. The Elysees Palace was linked to a series of events in Katanga and in the Congo (once Tshombe took over) and the French appear to have financed much of Jack's support for the break-away Nigerian enclave of Biafra.

As a result one of Malloch's good friends over the years was the French mercenary Bob Denard. In fact it was Malloch that airlifted Denard and his group of fighters into both Dahomey (Benin today) and the Comoros archipelago the second time he invaded and took the country by force.

Into that mix arrives Jean-Louis Demage, who was in Jack's employ, and who was Bob Denard's second-in-command in the Congo - and apparently Africa's first hijacker. Soon after one of Jack's aircraft was shot down by the U.N. forces invading Katanga, Jean-Louis commandeered a DC-3 on the runway at Katanga's Elizabethville (Lubumbashi today) and forced the pilot to fly a group of wounded mercenaries who had been captured by the U.N. to safety in Kariba along Rhodesia's northern border.

For much of the 1970's Jean-Louis ran the Libreville office of Affretair, Malloch's aviation company which was used to very successfully break the UN's embargo against Rhodesia as well as ferrying cargo, arms and equipment into numerous other African countries.

Jack's flying career started with flying Spitfires in the Italian campaign during WWII, where he was shot down behind enemy lines. In the early 1950's he then flew a Spitfire Mk XXII all the way from the UK to Rhodesia for the embryonic Southern Rhodesian Air Force, and it was in that same Spitfire, after the Rhodesian bush war, that his flying career (and his life) came to an abrupt end in 1982.

He was a very secretive, remarkable and patriotic man who had a major influence on the military history of not only Rhodesia, but of many African countries throughout the 1960's and 1970's. He also had a rare 'flying intuition', which is summed up in the words of one of his WWII comrades: "In terms of ethics, character and flying ability I would compare him to Chuck Yeager".

This biography of Jack Malloch is indeed a true-life aviation 'epic'.

Planned publication date: Late 2010
ITEM CODE - TRJM~~13096~13118~Jack Malloch, spitfire pilot~
Laboratory for Peace - R Fothergill~The story of Ken and Lilian Mew and of the Ranche House College, Salisbury (now Harare). Ken was appointed principalship of the recently established Ranche House College in 1964 - a bold experiment in multiracial adult education based on the Capricorn ideals. Ken had no teaching qualifications, but his strength of character, crusading spirit and burning zeal to help create a society free of racial discrimination had already identified his leadership qualities. Many overseas university visitors participated in the work of the college, which by 1974 had catered for over 4600 students, half of which were black. As an island of racial harmony in a turbulent sea of racial strife, it was a popular venue for conferences, and a meeting place for foreign and local politicans seeking political settlement.
ISBN 0 7974 0650 6, Louis Bolze Publishing 1984, S/B~~Laboratory for Peace|C ISBN 0797406506|~13096~13117~Laboratory for Peace - R Fothergill~
Manovi: The Battle for Land in Zimbabwe - Susan Marr~This book is a heart wrenching account of the joys, the tragedies and the blood, sweat and tears - that were invested by the Marr family in their farm, their workers and their community...it will make you laugh and cry..and ultimately will give you a greater understanding of the complexity of the plight of Zimbabwean farmers and farm-workers alike..
"This book is so much more than just a story. It is an insight into the history of the country; a period lived through by the Marr family, with particular emphasis on commercial farming and the fate that befell it. It follows their farming lives; their achievements despite all the hurdles they faced as they developed virgin land into a viable farming property and the family home over 31 years, only to lose it all in the fast track Land Acquisition Programme of the year 2000 and onwards. Over the past hundred years or so Zimbabwe's history has brought tragedy to many, both black and white. This need not be the case in the future if all will accept and learn from past mistakes. Our target should be to allow all Zimbabweans, irrespective of race or creed, and by their own endeavours, to realise true fulfilment of their aspirations without fear from any quarter. " - John Laurie, 2008 (President - Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union 1983-8)
The book also contains personal photographs, maps and statistical data relating to crops and agriculture in Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe.
Oct 2009, Softback 530 pages, A5 size
Expected dispatch date: 6-8 weeks from order (Subject to demand / ordered on request)~~Manovi%3A The Battle for Land in Zimbabwe|X ISBN-13 9781920315290 Early Bird Disc.|~13096~13116~~
More Rhodesian Senior Schools: 1950-1982 (Part 2) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~With additional features by Prof. N. D. Atkinson, G. P. L. English, and R. H. Campbell.
This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 19 senior schools of the period 1950-1982, including two private schools which, for various reasons failed to survive the war situation in the middle seventies. Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc. It includes 480 photographs and some 7550 students and staff are named. The following schools appear in this history:-
Ellis Robins School, Fort Victoria High School, Hamilton High School, Hatfield Girls' High School, Jameson High School, Lord Malvern High School, Mabelreign Girls' High School, Marandellas High School, Marymount College, Montrose Girls' High School, Mount Pleasant School, Northlea School, Oriel Boys' School, Oriel Girls' School, Roosevelt Girls' High School, St Stephen's College, Sinoia High School, Townsend High School, Vainona High School.
Feature articles have been incorporated on Student Financing by Mr. G. P. L. English who, until recently, was responsible for this aspect of further education; on Audio Visual Services by Mr. R. H. Campbell, currently Director of this department of the Ministry of Education and Culture; and a concise but comprehensive historical summary of educational progress and development since 1914 has been added by Professor Norman Atkinson of the Depart­ment of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe. His comments are of particular interest in view of the integration and expansion programme under way at the time.
Books of Zimbabwe Publishing 1982, H/BISBN 0 86920 260 X, Hardback 300 x 220 mm, 322 pages, 500 illus.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available, in varying conditions (dustjacket). Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter Item code MSRS in 4th box).        
NB - Please replace the text inside the boxes with your details. After clicking on the 'I am interested' button. the webpage should report that the request has been succesfully sent. If it does not, please let us know. ~~~13096~13115~~
Mwerihari Musings: 1964 Southern Rhodesia to Zimbabwe 1999 - Tom Russell~The Catholic Church has played a vital role in the development of the African continent over the past two centuries, bringing modern essentials such as schools and hospitals, as well as a unifying faith, to people already in possession of rich spiritual traditions of their own. Experience the growth of one nation through the eyes of one of the Church’s standard-bearers, Father Tom Russell, a Dublin priest who devoted many of his years helping the Shona people of Zimbabwe know modern medicine, universal education and, most importantly, God. Father Russell brings us a portrait of time now past and the lives he touched and was in turn touched by. His stories show beyond question that despite differences of thousands of miles, and centuries of culture, people are people underneath. A willing hand can touch any heart.
Athena Press, 2007. ISBN 1844018040. Softcover 216 pages.~~Mwerihari Musings%3A 1964 Southern Rhodesia to Zimbabwe 1999|ISBN 1844018040|~13096~13114~~
Paget of Rhodesia - G Gibbon~Edward Paget, a member of a prominent ecclesiastical family, was well known in Britain, South Africa and Rhodesia. Early in his career he worked in London's East End, and after the First World War (in which he earned the Military Cross), he was appointed Vicar of Benoni, South Africa. He became Bishop of Southern Rhodesia in 1925, and tackled mission expansion with enthusiasm.
Books of Rhodesia, 1973, H/B~~Paget of Rhodesia|C !176|~13096~13113~Paget of Rhodesia - G Gibbon~
Salisbury Changing Skyline: 1890-1980 - Sketched by AD Jack, text by DG Cobban~This is a unique presentation, in a handsome large coffee-table volume, of Salisbury's (now Harare) architecture and street scenes from it's beginnings to 1980 - the story of its growth told through its buildings and the people associated with them. It is a fascinating record of a city of pioneering character and robust individuality. More than 114 subjects are illustrated in various media - pencil & watercolours sketches and full colour and two aerial photographs. The informative text and anecdotes set the sketches in their historical perspective and adds background that makes them more meaningful.
ISBN 0 86920 205 7 Size - 290x390mm, 113 pages. Folio version also available.~Books of Zimbabwe
Size - 290x390mm, 113 pages.
ISBN 0 86920 205 7.
This is a unique presentation, in a handsome large coffee-table volume or a folio of loose prints, of Salisbury's (now Harare) architecture and street scenes from it's beginnings to 1980 - the story of its growth told through its buildings and the people associated with them. It is a fascinating record of a city of pioneering character and robust individuality.

1) Portfolio contains 12 loose prints : - 8 pencil drawings - Outside dimensions 210 x 280cm, picture area 140 x 185cm,
4 full-colour paintings Outside dimensions 280 x 380cm, picture area 180 x 280cm

2) Book contains more than 114 subjects illustrated in various media - pencil & watercolours sketches and full colour and two aerial photographs. Also includes informative text and anecdotes that set the sketches in their historical perspective and adds background that makes them more meaningful.
Size - 290x390mm, 113 pages



~Salisbury Changing Skyline%3A 1890-1980 book|C ISBN 0869202057|~13096~13112~Salisbury Changing Skyline%3A 1890-1980 - Sketched by AD Jack, text by DG Cobban~
Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier - Alexandra Fuller~From the author of Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight (see above) a powerful and sometimes painful account of an intense relationship - between a writer, her words, and those she chooses to write about. When Alexandra "Bo" Fuller was in Zambia a few years ago visiting her parents, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known as being a "tough bugger". Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him: "Curiosity scibbled the cat," he told her ("scribbling" is Afrikaans slang for "killing"). Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendhip with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian War. A man of contradictions, K is battle-scarred and work-weathered, a born-again Christian and given to weeping for the failure of his romantic life and the burden of his memories. Driven by K's memories of the war, they decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way, by travelling from Zambia through Zimbabwe and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the war and to meet other veterans. The result is a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of life in Africa.
ISBN 0330433997, 2005. 268 pages~~Scribbling the Cat|ISBN 0330433997|~13096~13111~Scribbling the Cat%3A Travels with an African Soldier - Alexandra Fuller~
Some Renowned Rhodesian Senior Schools 1892-1979 (Part 1) - Contributed editorial edited by I. P. MacLaren~Introduction by I. H. Grant and features by G. H. Tanser, A. H. Siemers, W. D. Gale and R J. Challis, 1981.
This handsomely produced volume, on heavy quality matt art paper, is an important record of 23 senior schools and those who passed through them over a period spanning more than eighty years. Some 9 000 names, including Rolls of Honour for three wars, and over 500 photographs give it tremendous human interest. The following schools appear in this history:-
Allan Wilson School, Arundel School, Chaplin School, Chisipite Senior School, Churchill School, Dominican Convent High School Bulawayo, Dominican Convent High School Salisbury, Eveline High School, Falcon College, Founders High School, Gifford High School, Girls' High School Salisbury, Guinea Fowl School, Milton High School, Peterhouse, Plumtree School, Prince Edward School, Queen Elizabeth School, St, George's College, St, Peter's Diocesan School, Umtali High School, Umtali Boys' High School, Umtali Girls' High School.
Each school is identified by a title page featuring the school crest, and the chapters are concluded with lists of names of school heads, prefects, captains of games, etc.There are also illustrated articles on The Rhodesian Schools' Exploration Society, The Young Scientists' Exhi­bitions and the Beit and Rhodes Trusts, all Rhodes Scholars from former Rhodesian schools being mentioned. An historical survey, entitled The Foundations of the Edu­cational System 1892-1914, sets the scene of the early days.
ISBN 0 86920 200 6. 300 x 220 mm, xviii, 346 pp., 502 illus.

Publication status: Out of Print. Scarce - hard to get, collector status. Few good second hand copies available, in varying conditions (dustjacket). Submit form below to request further information / indicate interest / reserve a copy. (Enter code SSRS in 4th box).
       
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Tsanga: Place of Reeds, Place of Healing - Heather Powell~Tsanga Lodge - A convalescent centre created during the Rhodesian Bush war for injured combatants. Open to all races, this center helped the wounded, lame, crippled through their recovery and rehabilitation process. The author worked with Dick and Anne Paget, the founders of the centre, as an Occupational Therapist. Heather has produced a wonderful and well written record of her own experiences as well as provided an insight of those who went through Tsanga and how their own lives were improved upon by the dedicated staff who worked there.
ISBN 0646456113, 2005 Paperback, 185 pages, B&W photos.~Self published by the author
Size: 235mm x 155mm. Paperback,
188 pages plus cover, including photographs.



Historical Overview

Tsanga is a small river winding its way through the magnificent Inyanga Mountains of eastern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The name means 'place of reeds'. At an altitude of 2400 metres above sea level, Tsanga Lodge began its history in 1955. The land, belonging to Mr Charles Hanmer, a pioneer of the area, was put into Trust and the Lodge was built as a holiday resort for underprivileged children from Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Following the break-up of the Central African Federation in 1963 the Lodge was virtually unused for ten years and fell into disrepair.

In 1973 the Young Farmers' Club of Rhodesia took over the property and with very limited resources renovated the buildings and a conservation education centre was set up for schoolchildren. Due to the escalation of the war the centre had to be closed in 1975.

Dick Paget, retired from the Rhodesian Army Medical Corps, was in charge of the centre when it was closed. The idea of using the building as a recuperative centre for wounded or stressed forces personnel was suggested by him. Charles Hanmer and his Board of Trustees readily agreed and the local senator set the ball rolling.

Heather Powell, an immigrant from Dublin Ireland, initially lived and worked in the nearby town of Umtali which is where the book starts.  The book is a very easy read and Heather has written about the best of times and the worst of times in a most amazing book.

Book review
'A most fascinating insight into the valuable work done by Dick and Anne Paget and staff at Tsanga Lodge, Inyanga during the Bush War. 'Stories of tough love and treatment to those of all races and nationalities who received the rehabilitation required during this turbulent time in Rhodesia's history.'Iain Harper, Lion & Tusk. Oct 2006~Tsanga%3A Place of Reeds|ISBN 0646456113|~13096~13109~Tsanga Lodge army convalescent centre, Dick Paget, Heather Powell, rhodesian bush casulties~
The Bulawayo Cookery Book: Zimbabwe's Original 1909 Cookery Book - D Saffery & L Chataway~First published in 1909, Zimbabwe's earliest cookery book will entrance you with over 230 recipes for African delicacies: aromatic green fig preserve; savoury bobotie (a curried meat-loaf that reflects southern Africa's Malay heritage); zesty lemon pudding, and warm, spicy gingerbread. Zimbabwean originals, every one. More than fifty delightful contemporary advertisements, for long-established Zimbabwean companies like Puzey and Payne and Maskew Miller, lend vintage Edwardian style to this enchanting work. A brilliant book for anyone interested in the development of southern African cookery, or in Zimbabwean colonial history.
ISBN-13: 978-0955393624. Sept 2006, Paperback 160 pages~~The Bulawayo Cookery Book|ISBN-13 9780955393624|~13096~13108~~
The Deafening Silence - DVD / CD Set~The downing of the Air Viscount Hunyani shook the nation. Using an anti-aircraft rocket, ZIPRA forces shot down the aircraft shortly after it took off from Kariba. The pilot managed to land the aircraft, but several lives were lost. There were a number of survivors to the crash, most of whom were then shot by ZIPRA terrorists. There was no outrage from the world, no sympathy - just a Deafening Silence; a term that found it's place in Rhodesian History after the sermon of Dean John Da Costa at the memorial service held shortly afterwards. Rhodesia was quick to retaliate. Strikes deep into Zambia killed hundreds of ZIPRA terrorists in their camps, whilst the Rhodesian Air Force's Green Leader shut down Zambian airspace.

The DVD film clips includes (total 20 min):-
  • Deafening Silence - The Sermon of Dean John Da Costa
  • Survivor Interview
  • The Raids into Zambia
The CD includes:-
  • Green Leader - the audio recording of the conversation between the Rhodesian Pilot and the Zambia Control Tower during a raid on a ZIPRA base
  • Rhodesian Herald and Scope magazine - PDF files of articles about the events
NOTE:- This DVD was reproduced from original 16mm and 8mm films or VHS tapes. The films have been digitally captured and enhanced with the finished product being better than the original, but they are not regarded as being full restorations. The film remain old footage, at least 40 years old, which have often not been cared for. IE is not a Hollywood quality product. These DVD's are recorded onto DVD-R media, so please make sure that your player is compatible with this type.
Available in both PAL & NTSC formats~~Select DVD format||The Deafening Silence - DVD - PAL|9493 PAL|The Deafening Silence - DVD - NTSC|9493 NTSC|~13096~13107~~
The Dust Diaries - Owen Sheers~This book combines so many genres, being part biography, part travel book, part history, part page turner, part autobiography, etc. Sheers is fortunate to have uncovered an interesting ancestor who was Arthur Cripps, a poet and radical missionary to Zimbabwe in the early years of the 20th century. The beauty of The Dust Diaries is that he's extrapolated and expanded the sketchy information that was previously available about Cripps into a spell-binding narrative. Given the assumption of guilt against missionaries of the era, readers may well be surprised to find themselves warming to Cripps. He was clearly a thorn in the side of both the colonial administration and the Anglican church, while constantly siding with the Africans. Yet Sheers does avoid the temptation of making Cripps a saint. Why did this successful man leave England? The untold dust diaries of experience are what Sheers imagines as he tries to come closer to his relative. The book successfully shuffles fictionalised episodes from Cripps's life, including wartime adventure, with Sheers's visits to Zimbabwe. Sheers writes lyrically and vividly of each experience. We come to know his remarkable ancestor, the Shona people he lived with and the troubles and beauty of their land.
ISBN 0571210260, Paperback. 2005, 320 pages~~The Dust Diaries|ISBN 0571210260|~13096~13106~The Dust Diaries - Owen Sheers~
The End of an Era: Recollections of an Unfashionable Man - David Stuart Fyfe~Ranging from Matabeleland in the 1890s to Zimbabwe and India in the 1980s, David Fyfe's stories of humour and bravery cover vastly differing aspects of a country at the crossroads.Who could fail to laugh at Station Foreman Patrick O'Halloran and his 'snake' bite? Who could fail to be moved by Manxiweni's account of his District Commissioner, a fair-haired giant nicknamed Dlamini, who met a soldier's death in the bush wars of the 1970s? Or be fascinated by the author's expedition to the mysterious Drotsky's Cave in the middle of the Kalahari, and his eerie encounter with Bushmen? Time was when Rhodesia, under Ian Smith, was a pariah. Here are some tales to redress the balance: everyday life, railway lore, bush legends, wartime encounters and the customs of the country are all graphically and sympathetically recorded. We meet men of courage and frailty on both sides; we laugh with them, and we cry. For what greater sadness can there be than to see a great nation with endless resources brought to its knees by incompetence? It doesn't take long for an aasvogel to spot rich pickings. And there he flaps, while the hyenas laugh and the donkeys bray endlessly on the night air. Only the bright rails stretching south across the veld offer any sort of permanent way... yet the author's loyalties lie firmly in the Ndebeleland he calls home
ISBN-13 978-1844017010. July 2006. 244 pages softback.~~The End of an Era%3A Recollections of an Unfashionable Man|ISBN-13 978-1844017010|~13096~13105~~
The Flame Lily Collection - 2 DVD set~The Flame Lily Collection is a digitally re-mastered package of original historic film 'gems' from the tumultuous period of Rhodesia in the 70s. This special edition DVD takes you from the establishment of early government in 1924, through the building of Kariba Dam in the early 60s, to an experience with the 'fuzz' and the women of the RWS, finally closing with a beautiful documentary on the diversity of nature with which Rhodesia was blessed. Along the way you will see many of the faces that helped to build the nation of Rhodesia.
DVD One
  • 50 Years of Parliament
  • Construction of Kariba
  • Face of Rhodesia
DVD Two
  • What A Time
  • Kum a Kye
  • Birds in the Bush
  • Elections 1980
  • A Reason to Care
These high standard DVDs are reproduced from archived material stored on broadcast quality digital video tape sourced from graded original 16/35mm films and transferred via professional telecine.
DVD 1 - 71 Minutes, Mono. DVD 2 - 70 minutes, Mono. PAL & NTSC formats
Estimated release date: Early 2010
ITEM CODE - TFLC~~~13096~13104~~
The Monkey's Wedding - Fundisi~A true account of four generations of life in Africa; of bloodshed and betrayal, miracles and murders. This account follows the twisting path of one family and their associates, their ups and downs in a turbulent nation, Rhodesia-Zimbabwe. It blends true experiences of men and women into a mixture of adventure, at times absurd, comical, tragic and triumphant. From collecting rare zoological species to canoeing the rivers of Central Africa, from the conversion of witchdoctors to near death escapes and tragic murders, from the Liberation War to state instigated mass killing, this is a testimony of those incredible times.A gripping and compelling account of life in Africa written with passion and affection with true accounts of people and all the animals of Africa. A brilliant and gripping story about life and death in a land under the Shadow of Death. A riveting account captivating till the very last page and told with conviction and love for the land and people.
2009. Softback 254 pages.~~The Monkey%27s Wedding - Fundisi|9427|~13096~13103~~
The Mouldings of Chipinge: Life in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe - Dr. Ross Gordon Cooper~Growing up in Rhodesia or Zimbabwe is something one will never forget. Life in the Eastern Border District particularly the Chipinga/e area imprints on the mind the sunshine, the friendly community and supportative lifestyle, the affordability of commodities despite world economic and trade sanctions on Rhodesia, and the lovely thunderstorms. Included in this book is a detailed section pre-history and history of the country as well as the political development from those tumultuous years as the white pioneers made their way into the region, and opened up areas that were previously scantly used, Chipinge being one of these. Despite the political turmoil that Zimbabwe has experienced and the reality of many Chipinge residents leaving, one will always remember the sights and sounds of Zimbabwe. It is a Shona proverb that once one hears the cry of the fish eagle, Africa will forever live in one's heart. After reading this book you will realise just how true that is. It forms an extremely interesting read!
ISBN 978-0-557-11563-1. Sept 2009. Paperback 15.59 cm x 23.39 cm. 311 pages.

NB - Author has also written 'The Flame Lily Weeps: An African Autobiography'~~The Mouldings of Chipinge|ISBN 9780557115631|~13096~13102~~
The Shona People of Zimbabwe: An Introduction to their Foods, Land and Traditions - Ron Morkel~Africa's diverse landscapes offer incredible beauty and a startling wealth of natural resources. In the hospitable Highveld of Africa's Zimbabwe, the Shona people have adapted a hardy culture that depends upon crop cultivation, tending of small flocks, and use of wild plants and animals. The Shona culture is a fascinating model of cooperation and community that teaches caring for all. Their diet takes advantage of all that the environment offers, supplemented by cultivated crops and animals. Within the pages of this brief introductory book, the reader will find first-hand insights to an enduring native lifestyle that shows ingenuity and exuberance for living, in spite of little material wealth.
ISBN 9781906255145, 2007. Softback 52 pages, drawings and photos.~~The Shona People of Zimbabwe|ISBN 9781906255145|~13096~13101~~
We Had Two Jobs - Ralpapajan~Author of Half a Century in Uniform and The Merchants of Chaos.
This little book of memories shows how the part time Army, Police and Air Force members led their life whilst not on call-up during the Rhodesian Bush War.
2009. Softback 54 pages.~~We Had Two Jobs - Ralpapajan|9426|~13096~13100~~
Windows: British Child Migrants to Africa, Rhodesia Fairbridge Memorial College - compiled by Peter Gould~Rhodesia Fairbridge Memorial College Autobiographies.
The true story of British child migrants to Africa. 276 children were sent from England between 1946 and 1955 to an 'orphanage' type school called 'Rhodesia Fairbridge Memorial College' set on a disused RAF military camp, 8 miles outside Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1962 the Fairbridge authorities in London ordered the headmaster to destroy all records of the college which means, technically at least, these children never existed! 24 former pupils and staff of this college now tell their life stories centred on this unique childhood experience in this new book Windows - no 'outsiders' were involved in the content. This book provides a fascinating glimpse of a lost world-empire through the eyes of the people who themselves would have become something of a 'Lost Tribe' had this book not come into being.
ISBN 0-473-07110-X . 2001 Hardback, Size 160 x 230mm approx, 333 pages, 11 pages (both sides) of b/w photos.

Last few known copies left - Out of Print.~Fairbridge, 2001
ISBN 047307110X, Hardcover
333 pages, 11 pages of b/w photos.




'The Windows of our Lives'

The story has emerged over the last decade of Britain's 130,000 child migrants. In schemes which ended as recently as 1967, the welfare and well-being of the children was in many cases neglected, as has been widely reported by the news media in recent years.

This is the story of a group of children sent to Rhodesia and the Rhodesia Fairbridge Memorial College. This scheme was set up on a disused airbase near Bulawayo, which began in 1946 and ended in 1962.

Many of the children were put forward for the scheme by relatives who genuinely believed they would have a better life in another country. There were, however, other instances where the motives were not so benevolent.

Although the children were generally treated well by those responsible for their care, they had to fend for themselves for the most part, suffering their own very personal emotional traumas, insecurities, and inadequacies that somehow had to be lived with and overcome. A number of the children never came to terms with their lives there, and are presently seeking compensation from the British Government. The majority, it would appear, have gained from the experience and made a success of their lives - despite or because of having been sent there.

Peter Gould, himself a former child migrant who attended the College, has collected life stories of a number of those who were there with him, and which are now told in this book. Here you can read tales of hardship and privation, but also of cheerful optimism, brave self-reliance, and caring staff.

It is said that true life stories are stranger than fiction. Here are their stories - you be the judge !~Windows%3A British Child Migrants to Africa|ISBN 047307110X|~13096~13099~Windows%3A British Child Migrants to Africa, Rhodesia Fairbridge Memorial College - compiled by Peter Gould~
Zimbabwe Banknotes & Coins - 1980-2009~Poster
Photographic 'history' of most of the banknotes, bearer cheques, and coins used in Zimbabwe, showing how quickly the Zimbabwe Dollar which was once considered to be among the highest valued currency units when it was first introduced with the country's independence in 1980, rapidly eroded to eventually become one of the least valued currency units in the world. Due to the rampant hyper-inflation, the country's Reserve Bank produced many denominations during the life of the Zimbabwe Dollar right up to the currency's suspension in April 2009. From the humble 2 Dollar to a Million Dollar (which could'nt even buy a loaf of bread shortly after that note's introduction) then onto the largest note ever printed - 100 Trillion Dollars. During the life of the Zimbabwe banknotes, the Reserve Bank dropped several zeros through 3 separate re-denominations in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The notes are reproduced 3/5 actual size, whilst the coins are shown in almost actual size. Poster size - A1 (84cm x 59.4cm), printed on durable glossy paper.~Poster
Photographic 'history' of most of the banknotes, bearer cheques, and coins used in Zimbabwe, showing how quickly the dollar which was once considered to be among the highest valued currency units when it was first introduced with the country's independence in 1980, rapidly eroded to eventually become one of the least valued currency units in the world. Due to the rampant hyper-inflation, the country's Reserve Bank produced many denominations during the life of the Zimbabwe Dollar right up to the currency's suspension in April 2009. From the humble 2 Dollar to a Million Dollar (which could'nt even buy a loaf of bread shortly after that note's introduction) then onto the largest note ever printed - 100 Trillion Dollars. During the life of the Zimbabwe banknotes, the Reserve Bank dropped several zeros through 3 separate re-denominations in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The notes are reproduced 3/5 actual size, whilst the coins are shown in almost actual size. Poster size - A1 (84cm x 59.4cm), printed on durable glossy paper.

~Banknotes poster|X 9693|~13096~13098~~
Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage - Pathisa Nyathi~Zimbabwe’s Cultural Heritage is a collection of pieces on the culture of the Ndebele, Shona, Tonga, Kalanga, Nambiya, Xhosa and Venda. A brief historical background is given for each group, though the emphasis of this book is not on the histories of groups, but on their cultural practices. The book is based on published material, Pathisa Nyathi’s personal experiences and on interviews that capture the memories of elders such as the ‘mobile library’, Nyumbana ‘Driver’ Dube, Gogo Matshazi, Hudson Halimana Ndlovu, Lawrence Jenjezwa and Duncan Sinampande.

Pathisa Nyathi gives the reader an insight into the world view of different peoples, through descriptions of their history and life events such as pregnancy, marriage and death.

The book is intended for all those who are interested in the cultural practices of their own ancestors and the ancestors of others.~~Zimbabwe%27s Cultural Heritage|8602|~13096~13097~Zimbabwe’s Cultural Heritage - Pathisa Nyathi~
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