The Africa House : The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream, Paperback

The Africa House : The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream Paperback

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Christina Lamb's The Africa House is the bestselling account of an English gentleman and his African dream.

In the last decades of the British Empire, Stewart Gore-Brown build himself a feudal paradise in Northern Rhodesia; a sprawling country estate modelled on the finest homes of England, complete with uniformed servants, daily muster parades and rose gardens.

He wanted to share it with the love of his life, the beautiful unconventional Ethel Locke King, one of the first women to drive and fly.

She, however, was nearly twenty years his senior, married and his aunt.

Lorna, the only other woman he had ever cared for, had married another many years earlier.

Then he met Lorna's orphaned daughter, so like her mother that he thought he had seen a ghost.

It seemed he had found companionship and maybe love - but the Africa house was his dream and it would be a hard one to share.

From a world of British colonials in Africa, with their arrogance and vision, to the final sad denouement.

Leaving the once majestic house abandoned and a forgotten ruin of a bygone age Christina Lamb evokes a story full of passion, adventure and final betrayal. "The story she tells is in equal measure absorbing, affecting and bizarre". (Sunday Telegraph). "An amazing story of high hopes, lost love and ruined lives". (Sunday Times). Christina Lamb is an award-winning journalist. Currently roving Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times, she has been a foreign correspondent for almost 20 years, living in Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa first for the Financial Times then the Sunday Times.

She is the author of the best-selling book The Africa House as well as House of Stone, Waiting For Allah and Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands.




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I bought this book because I spent the first fourteen years of my life in Zambia (Northern Rhodesia as it was then), and Stewart Gore Browne was a friend of my father's. As a small girl I visited Shiwa when Dad was up in that area surveying land for a client who wanted to build an hotel on the edge of the lake. The one thing I remember about him was that he was a very eccentric man who had an artificial leg. I can't say I enjoyed the book very much, there were one or two factual errors which put me off, and the author seemed to have very preconceived ideas of what life in that country was like. Even so, very little is written about that part of Africa so almost anything is better than nothing.

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