Harmony and Discord in Africa

Memories of Childhood in Southern Rhodesia

Mark Huleatt-James


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2015
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages


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


Mark Huleatt-James was a solicitor and partner in a City of London law firm until his retirement in 2009. He was born in 1950 in what was then Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and lived in Africa until 1972.