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By: Marion Stenton

Bamba Zonke

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Marion’s story covers four emigrations to Rhodesia and Zimbabwe totalling nineteen years, over four decades. It is a story of experiencing the gradual change from an orderly prosperous country to the country it had become when she finally left in the late 1980s.

Rhodesia was known as the bread basket of Africa where there was work, food, education and opportunity for all.

There was respect for the customs of the indigenous population and an acknowledgement for the need to integrate. They said it was God’s own country.

It was also viewed as a rich prize by external forces and a terrorist war was to change everything.

This story attempts to catalogue a life changing experience by the entire population when democracy fails.

Born into an ordinary working-class family two years after the end of World War Two, Marion was fortunate to have a father whose example taught her, ‘You only live once.’ Education in the UK, Isle of Man, Rhodesia and finally back to Yorkshire was rudimentary, and she left school at fifteen to pursue a career in nursing. Married at eighteen, she returned to Rhodesia and the start of her university of life. She now lives in Derbyshire with her husband and dogs.

Customer Reviews
8 reviews
8 reviews
  • Georgia Rodd

    I am not a great reader, however, once I started to read 'Bamba Zonked I was hooked, in two days I'd read it and wished there was a follow up book!! What an interesting life Marion and YM had and all these wonderful memories which she has shared with us. I'd recommend it to anyone great read. Fabulous

  • Debbie K

    What a brilliant book from a great lady! I know I have heard many of the stories in the book from Marion over the 22 years I have to know her but it's been lovely reading about the few I didn't know. It's a good life story and I am glad she actually got round to putting pen to paper. I look forward to the next instalment. Also a well done to Anne for pushing her to do it and spending many an hour editing and typing it up.

    Love to you both!

  • Debz

    What a wonderful book from a great lady! After knowing Marion for over 20 years I have heard quite a lot of the stories in the book & am glad that Anne got her to finally put pen to paper. If you want to read an interesting life story, this book is the one for you! I'm looking forward to the next installment!

  • Rosemary Adams

    I have known Marion for a few years but have not really known the details of her personal life so was surprised when I found out she had written a book. The main detail I know about Marion is that she loves ym and her dogs. As soon as I started to read the book I was gripped and couldn’t put it down! I read it in 24 hours. What can I say about the book - I found it informative with such attention to detail I cannot imagine how Marion has recorded all this. I also found it funny in places especially with driving mishaps and had to laugh out loud. Marion comes across as a highly intelligent, determined, caring and brave lady, she takes no prisoners! My husband has never read a book in all our married life (34 years) but is keen to read this book as I couldn’t put it down. When she wrote about getting off the plane and “smelling” Africa it touched my heart - I love Africa and it makes me feel the same. In summary, a brilliant, funny, fascinating and informative read with such attention to detail! I was gripped from start to finish. Thank you for writing this book and I can’t wait to read the next one.

  • Julie Harrison

    I won't even assume Marion's early years, though sometimes very difficult, affected her but what I do know is she developed into one of those rare, strong and determined people.
    Later, with her Yorkshire Man, these two young people were determined to give their lives some real adventure and History (wow, very, very brave).
    Moving from England... not just once but 4 times, covering decades. Marion shares the beauty, the thrill, the fears and not least the colourful culture of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe.
    I am sure it was with great sadness and due to the political unrest, the pair had to return home to the UK, leaving behind many beautiful people and moments of the past.
    Marion writes her memoirs in an easy-to-understand way and at times very, very funny. I can relate to some of her moments just like my own and share many feelings.
    I wonder if there will be a "present time" to tell us about........... I sincerely hope so.

  • Sheila

    I could imagine Marion sitting in front of me over a coffee and just telling me her story personally. Loved it!


    Expressive writing with quirky asides, loved the way it just raced along and left me breathless by the end. Good show `Marion. Look forward to the follow-up!

  • Paul Conway

    A quick read of the delightful sample pdf and I just had to order the book to read more!
    It came and I was transported to a wonderful time back in Africa! I started the book late in the afternoon and usually, I am a slow reader but I had read it before breakfast the next day. It is such a good read it is hard to break away. Loved the writing style and the feisty nature of the author.
    Marion and YM are plucky adventurers and it is a delight to read of their life experiences and resourcefulness in so many situations.
    If ever there was an example of the pull of Africa, Marion, and her husband, ‘YM’ are testament to it.
    Well done to Marion for sharing her experiences for kindred spirits to enjoy and reminisce and be encouraged by her can-do approach to life.

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