In 1949, newlyweds Tom and Angela Huleatt-James left war-torn Europe for a new life in Africa. Fleeing the grey skies of post-war Britain, they were attracted to the idea of farming in Southern Rhodesia and determined to work there for a better future. In this book, their son Mark tells the story of their adventures in Africa and his childhood and education in Southern Rhodesia.
This is an important work. It is a gentle, humorous memoir of an idyllic coming of age in post- World War II Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and is also a poignant tribute to a vanished age of family and community. But it is also a reminder of white settlerism's last gleaming before the pent-up grievances of the repressed African majority would lead to armed conflict. - Knox Chitiyo, Chatham House