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By: John Jones

From a Lost Land: The Last Rhodesian and Other Tales

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This is a series of tales, mostly in chronological order, about the short Rhodesian colonial period up to 1980, after which time the country became Zimbabwe. The tales in the book have very little political content and are not a critique on colonialism or post-colonialism. They show the lives and feelings of ‘ordinary people’ affected by the ‘winds of change’ in Africa, which were predicted by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in his famous speech in February 1960 in the Cape Town Parliament. The rapid changes in Africa were caught up in the initial stages at the end of colonialism in Africa after World War Two. Many of the newly established post-colonial regimes began their operations under the influence of the harsh realities of Marxist–Leninism and other forms of totalitarianism – and many of those countries still follow their versions of the ‘revolution’ – with varying degrees of success. From a Lost Land is not a biography, but many of the tales are based on one extended family. Each tale provides a link to following tales, not necessarily in the immediately following tale. Some of these ‘links’ are names but some refer to artefacts which still exist in families of those mentioned in the tales.

The author was born in Southern Rhodesia and is the fourth generation of a Rhodesian pioneering family. He is a graduate of London University; former diplomat in Rhodesia, serving in Lisbon, (Portugal), Lourenço Marques and Beira (Mozambique), and Cape Town and Pretoria (South Africa); former army reserve officer in Rhodesia, undertaking anti-terrorist operations as platoon commander when not on overseas postings as a Foreign Service officer; first Chief of Protocol in Zimbabwe, posted to Prime Minister's office and had frequent direct contact with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe until migration to Australia with family in 1981; graduate of Macquarie University (doctoral degree); Deputy Dean in a small private university level college in Sydney, Australia; and Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.
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  • Seán O'Hanlon

    As the book is not yet available it is difficult to write a review. However, the Cover and the synopsis give an interesting foretaste of the contents. The synopsis indicates that some background might be provided for the current disastrous political and economic events in Zimbabwe.
    I see that the cover itself has an illustration of the very ancient Zimbabwe ruins, of unproven origin at this time. The so-called Bushman Paintings on the cover are said to be 2000 to 3000 years old, and so these are also part of what might be termed the 'Lost Land."

  • Eduard Friesen

    The author is uniquely placed to give a thoughtful overview of the history of this beautiful but troubled country, having participated personally in the transition of power that followed the signing of the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979. His book thus gives an account of events directly witnessed, but also touches on earlier events, combining family histories with historical conjecture. This combination makes for a most enjoyable read. His viewpoint is engaging and wry, sometimes humorous and always affectionate. An intriguing book of great significance.

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