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