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Pied-Noir: Story of a Colonial Boy By Robert J Dewar
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Robert Dewar lived in Uganda, Tanganyika (present day Tanzania) and Kenya, before moving to South Africa when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and was educated at the... More > University of the Witwatersrand. Restless, adventurous, battling with periodic bouts of alcoholism, and troubled by his homosexuality, he traveled between South Africa and Britain for two decades, cramming in time as a private investigator, a game ranger, and a business researcher and writer. Aged 47, he finally defeated alcoholism, and found peace in Buckinghamshire, in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, where he lives today. This is a story of victory and defeat, of triumph over adversity. It is a contemporary morality tale.< Less
The Vagaries of Swing: Footprints on the Margate Sands of Time By Mac Carty
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The BBC TV series “True Love” was the catalyst for this tale, portraying various romantic encounters, all set by the Margate seaside. True love has many forms. A passion for cricket can... More > also be a manifestation of love. Yet it is impossible to discuss cricket, with its broad themes, without reflecting on life itself. I have set my story broadly in 1965, when a girl lost her life. At the time, her death meant little to us but such are the vagaries of writing, that the more I researched the subject, the greater I became drawn in. Any discussion on the circumstances surrounding her murder led inevitably to the inclusion of another theme, which I have encountered in life, violence towards women. I still return to Margate regularly and regard it with deep affection. It was in danger of becoming a wasteland. There are those now, some famous, some often unsung, trying to fashion a resurgence. Another form of true love. May their guardian angels help them succeed.< Less