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African Laughter Four Visits to Zimbabwe, Lessing, Doris
1 Lessing, Doris African Laughter Four Visits to Zimbabwe
Harpercollins 1992 0002550199 / 9780002550192 First edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.HarperCollins,1992.First edition-first printing(9 8 7 65 4 3 2 1).Grey hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,nick and light shelf wear on the edges of the cover) with Dj(two small creases and nicks on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with b/w maps.Nice and clean pages with some small foxing marks and light shelf wear on the outer edges,small pencil mark impression on the edge of the first blank page of the book,small nick and scratch on the edges of the pages.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear.448pp including Glossary,notes.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition.Heavy book.

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Review: Leasing, once a Prohibited Immigrant barred from her childhood homeland of Rhodesia by its white minority government, returns to what is now Zimbabwe - and in inimitably forthright style records her impressions. The author last visited her homeland in the late 50's, when the country was a British colony, not as rigidly segregated as South Africa but nonetheless dominated by a white ruling class that enjoyed a way of life impossible elsewhere. When she returned in 1982, Zimbabwe was just two years old, and blacks and whites were still bitterly divided as well as devastated by the ten-year bush war that had pitted blacks against whites as well as blacks against blacks. The countryside seemed equally devastated (...the game mostly gone. The bush was silent), and squatters were overfarming already fragile lands. Most whites whom Lessing met, including her brother, delivered what she called The Monologue, as much a racist critique as a display of the after-effects of a tremendous shock. On her three subsequent visits, the last made earlier this year, race relations proved healthier, but Prime Minister Mugabe's government seemed increasingly autocratic and corrupt; the economy was poorly organized along socialist lines; a terrible drought had ravaged the region; and unemployment continued to rise, especially among the young. On these visits, Lessing talked to a range of contacts, black and white; stayed on farms where white owners were trying out new crops to boost the local economy; accompanied the multiracial Book Team, which helps rural women create how-to textbooks; and traveled fearfully to her childhood home, where the beloved bush had disappeared and everything spoke of failure. Always the fair-minded realist, Leasing isn't overly optimistic about the future, but her sympathetic account of Zimbabwe's struggle to forge a common destiny is most worthwhile. 
Price: 14.50 GBP
South Africa: Years of Isolation and the Return to International Cricket, Procter, Mike
2 Procter, Mike South Africa: Years of Isolation and the Return to International Cricket
Queen Anne Press 1994 1852915404 / 9781852915407 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
Fine condition.Queen Anne Press,1994.First UK edition-first printing.Red hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(some creases,nicks and scratch on the edges of the Dj cover),both in fine condition.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos,stats,tables.The book is new with a very small mark and nick on the outer edge of the pages,two pencil marks impressions on the edge of the first blank page of the book.Foreword by Ali Bacher.240pp including Appendix,index.Price un-clipped.

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Synopsis: Mike Procter has been at the heart of South African cricket for the past 30 years. He was a leading Test player when his country was banned from international cricket and he is now manager of the South African Test team which has been re-admitted to the world arena. In this book, he traces the history of South African cricket from the last official international (against Australia in 1970) through to their re-instatement in the World Cup of 1992. He includes details of the various rebel tours, the Currie Cup, Kerry Packer's World Series and all the behind-the-scenes activity which attempted to keep South African cricket alive during a difficult period. 
Price: 14.90 GBP
Wild Africa's silent call: A quest through East Africa;, Townsend, Derek
3 Townsend, Derek Wild Africa's silent call: A quest through East Africa;
Allen & Unwin 1969 0049160079 / 9780049160071 First edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.Allen & Unwin,1969.First edition-first printing.Yellow hardback(a couple of small nicks on the edges of the cover and spine)with Dj(a couple of creases and nicks on the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos.Nice and clean pages with a colour line mark and light shelf wear the outer edges,some foxing marks on the first and last blank page of the book.The book is in VGC for its age with some shelf wear on the Dj cover(the Dj cover is slightly yellow on the edges).Price clipped.232pp including index 
Price: 10.40 GBP

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