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Book: Black Mamba White Settler by Ken Tilbury

Book: Black Mamba White Settler by Ken Tilbury

categories: Book, Semi Autobiography, War and Adventure, True Life Story, Land Reforms, Settler Farmer, Guerrilla Fighters, War Veterans, African History and Politics


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Author Ken Tilburyabout this book: BLACK MAMBA WHITE SETTLER is based on the author's life from boyhood in Swaziland to becoming a policeman in Rhodesia and then a settler farmer up to the time he lost his farm and realized there was no future for a European in Zimbabwe.

It is the story of three men from different cultural backgrounds and with opposing political views whose lives become entwined during times of turmoil and war in an African country (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) during the long struggle for independence. Passages relating to the 'Bush War' are particularly fascinating and will be surprising to many in that they demonstrate the high degree of cooperation that existed at the time between black and white Rhodesians, a fact that is often overlooked by most. There will be those who are shocked by the levels of brutality, but the author has only touched on how bad things actually were for informers caught by 'freedom fighters'.

This legacy of brutality Zimbabwe lives with to this day with farmers and their families being brutalized and murdered and their labourers badly beaten, before being thrown off their farms during the land reform programme. Without saying so, the book is an indictment of the British Government at the time of UDI and the swift transfer of power to people not yet ready to govern and ultimately the turmoil that now exists in that country.

• "Black Mamba White Settler is a superbly executed piece of work. I can thoroughly recommend this book to all who have an interest in Southern African history and politics, and to all who simply enjoy well written novels that are exciting from beginning to end but are also based on true life experiences." — Bruce Brislin.

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