Dr Philip’s Em­pire - One Man’s Strug­gle for Jus­tice in Nine­teenth-Cen­tury South Africa

South African Country Life - - Wheels -

Were he alive to­day Dr John Philip would prob­a­bly fly un­der the #slav­ery­must­fall ban­ner. But then, as now, is­sues weren’t iso­lated, and when he came to the Cape in 1819 as su­per­in­ten­dant of the Lon­don Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety, this zeal­ous be­liever had much to deal with other than con­ver­sion and abo­li­tion. Not least a long-suf­fer­ing wife, scores of su­prem­a­cists, gov­er­nors and cler­ics all of whom had vari­ant opin­ions to his own of what was ‘right’, hordes of newly-arrived set­tlers and a lo­cal pop­u­lace of Khoi and San un­der threat. But what is re­vealed in this de­tailed book is not just the story of the lib­eral, spir­ited hu­man­i­tar­ian and the hur­dles he had to over­come in his quest for an em­pire of ‘lib­erty and equal­ity’, but a glimpse into what life in the Cape was like in those pre­sump­tu­ous colo­nial days. Anachro­nis­tic and pos­si­bly flawed as some of his rea­son­ing may seem now, as au­thor Tim Kee­gan points out, if Philip’s cam­paigns for racial equal­ity and jus­tice had been suc­cess­ful, ‘South African his­tory would have been very dif­fer­ent’.

Tim Kee­gan Ze­bra Press Nancy Richards R350 978-1-77022-710-1 PHILIP (2 copies) well as all the mean­ing­ful en­deav­ours of this pop­u­lar coun­try.

Daryl & Sharna Bal­four and Peter Reach Pub­lish­ers 978-1-92821-338-3

BOTSWANA (2 copies) Joyce

Julia Lloyd R260 restau­rant Cranks, 13 years be­fore the let­ter was found. Au­thor Alex Eliseev is a re­porter with Eye­wit­ness News and fol­lowed this story from the mo­ment it broke. He man­ages to make this read like a de­tec­tive novel, keep­ing up the pace and in­ter­est un­til about three quar­ters of the way through, when my in­ter­est in the de­tail flagged. But I still had to read to the end to find out what hap­pened – noth­ing is ever cut and dried. Expect a se­quel.

Alex Eliseev Macmil­lan

Sue Adams 978-1-77010-310-8 R255 COLD (2 copies)

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