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TREE TALES OF ZIMBABWE

TREE TALES OF ZIMBABWE

TREE TALES OF ZIMBABWE by Jonathan Waters Why do the two magnificent old baobabs, one on either side of the road at Makuti going towards Kariba, Zimbabwe, share the name “The Wee Wee Tree?” This superbly presented coffee-table book is a unique and fascinating way of...

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FROM UNDER THE MANGO TREE

FROM UNDER THE MANGO TREE

FROM UNDER A MANGO TREE by Alan Fagan Retelling true events in this absorbing novel Alan Fagan, brings to life the harsh days of trekking with wagons and oxen, through to the era of harnessing the turbulent Zambezi River into the massive Kariba Dam in Rhodesia...

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BREAKER MORANT

BREAKER MORANT

BREAKER MORANT by Peter FitzSimons Peter FitzSimons unravels the many myths that surround the life of Australian Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant  during the Boer War (1899 – 1902) in South Africa, and the murder of Boer POWs and civilians by members of the Bush Veldt...

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HIDDEN KAROO

HIDDEN KAROO

HIDDEN KAROO by Patricia Kramer & Alain Proust This is a truly beautiful portrayal of a fascinating region in South Africa.  The Karoo is a vast land of limitless plains, flat-topped mountains and valleys, dry river-beds and glowing sunsets.  This rugged...

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THE GREAT NEED

THE GREAT NEED

THE GREAT NEED by Sandy Dacombe Ferrar. An absorbing record of the dedication and bravery of a handful of nuns, from the School Sisters of  St Francis who, on arrival to a dilapidated farm mission near Barberton, in South Africa, found to their deep consternation that...

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SPECIAL AIR SERVICE – The Men Speak

SPECIAL AIR SERVICE – The Men Speak

SPECIAL AIR SERVICE - The Men Speak by Jonathan Pittaway. A unique historical record, recounted by the men who were involved, this superbly presented book tells of the exploits and bravery of the Rhodesian Special Air Service men. Little was known of the Rhodesian...

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1820 SETTLERS

1820 SETTLERS

1820 SETTLERS Edited by John Wilmot. This is an amazing collection of the histories of the 1820 Settlers, many written by their descendants, with numerous photographs of the people, paintings and newspaper reportsof that era. Edited by John Wilmot, on behalf of the...

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Eavesdropping on early Natal

Eavesdropping on early Natal

Eavesdropping on early Natal by Carol MacCallum. “Three hundred and forty one years after Vasco da Gama landed on the east coast of Africa in 1497 and named it Natal, the first white settlers arrived in 1838.”  So begins the fascinating history of Natal. The...

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