The British Empire Library


Harmony and Discord in Africa: Memories of Childhood in Southern Rhodesia

by Mark Huleatt-James


Review by Hugh Macmillan (Historian and Research Associate, African Studies Centre, Oxford University)
Mark Huleatt-James's memoir of growing up on farms in Southern Rhodesia, mainly in the area then known as Ayrshire, north of Salisbury, now Harare, is pleasantly written and well produced, but lacks the immediacy and entertainment value of Judy Rawlinson's book. His account of life on white farms, prep school at Ruzawi, and senior secondary school at Peterhouse, reflects the rather limited life of white settlers in Southern Rhodesia in the 1950s and early 1960s by comparison with the more open life of the north. He fills in some of the political background, but he did not have the personal experience of African nationalism and political change that Rawlinson clearly found stimulating. It is, perhaps, a pity that he did not extend his book to cover the five years that his family spent in Zambia from 1966.
British Empire Book
Author
Mark Huleatt-James
Published
2015
Pages
256
Publisher
Radcliffe Press
ISBN
1784533122
Availability
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