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Non Fiction Much has been written about the BSA Police in the history of the nation once known as Rhodesia. This section provides a selection of books:

Index BSAP Police related book are indexed here by Author and Book Title for your convenience:
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Fiction - BSA Police Specific
Title: Tramp Royal
Author: Bruce, Sir Michael - BSA Police 1723; Served 1912-1914
Publisher: Elek Books Ltd - 1954
ISBN:

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Review: This is the autobiography of Sir Michael Bruce (Bart) who served in the BSA Police from 1912 -1914. This section of his life is covered in chapter 2.
Roy McTaggart 5425
Updated: 19 September 2009
Title: The Word for Love
Author: Burgess, Alan
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd, 1968
ISBN: 978-0330025508

Availabilty: Amazon
Review: The book is the story of an Inspector at a BSA Police outpost going through his mid-life crisis during the 60s as political tension increases. A very pleasant and readable story. Republished by the Companion Book Club.
Bernard Robertson
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: No Greater Love
Author: Dale-Lace, Terry - BSA Police 8645/9379; Served 1971-1978
Publisher: Self Published - 2016
ISBN : 978-0-620-70784-8
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Review: When Alan’s closest friend dies following an injury for which Alan feels responsible, Alan departs for South Africa with his beautiful, young wife, to attempt to rebuild a life shattered by the Rhodesian war. However, tragedy strikes again and Alan is forced to re-assess his thinking and the attitudes of a lifetime. As events build rapidly to a climax, the re-appearance of a former colleague and another figure from the past lead to an explosive finale. The novel is fiction but many of the places, situations, characters and events are real.
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30 July 2016
Title: A Time of Madness
Author: Early, Robert John
Publisher: Salisbury: Graham Publishing, 1977


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Review: The parallel stories of a member of the Rhodesian Army and a member of the BSA Police Special Branch and the turbulent times during the country's terrorist war.
Geoff Quick
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: The White men Sang
Author: Fullerton, Alexander
Publisher: Peter Davies, London, 1958
ISBN: 978-0-432054550

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Review: Novel base on facts surrounding the wiping out of Major Allan Wilson's patrol during the Matabele War
Peter Stiff, 4831
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: An Awakening Mind
Author: Gill, Peter; BSA Police: 7659 - Served: 13-Dec-1966 to 5-Apr-1977
Publisher: Ammar Publishing, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-9554240-0-3

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Review: Peter Gill's 'An Awakening Mind' is a gem. My literary consultant, Mary, has suggested that this is a book written by a man fond of telling stories, who has been nagged by someone to put his stories down in writing. That person should be given a beer. I read the book in two days. It had particular resonance with this erstwhile Rhodesian policeman because it is written by a Rhodesian policeman abut being a policeman in a country that was once called Rhodesia. This is the vehicle that Peter uses, with excellent effect, to give the reader his perspective on his corner of Life, the Universe and Everything. He is completely honest about his project and prepares the reader for this in his foreword. This is an absolutely delightful read. I earnestly look forward to the promised sequel.
Geraint Jones
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Not so Useless
Author: Greene, Lewis Patrick (Lewis Montague) - BSA Police: 1278 - Served: Aug-1910 Jun-1913)
Publisher: George H. Harap & Co. Ltd. London : 1936.
ISBN :
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Review: Both books appear to be dramatised versions of the author's experiences in the BSA Police during the period between the two World Wars. Researchers should beware, as it is likely that some of the content of both books is probably fiction.
19 September 2009
Title: Trooper Takes Command
Author: Greene, Lewis Patrick (Lewis Montague) - BSA Police: 1278 - Served: Aug-1910 Jun-1913) Publisher: Harrap, 1940


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Review: Following on from the previous titles 'Trooper Useless' and 'Not so Useless' this third offering follows our hero to Mpakwe where he relieves a very sick member i/c and restores order and cleanliness to the camp and the administering of justice in the district. These books all have elements of real-life police work but are fictionalised to appeal to a wider audience particularly the younger group.
Ted Dowling
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Trooper Useless
Author: Greene, Lewis Patrick (Lewis Montague) - BSA Police: 1278 - Served: Aug-1910 Jun-1913)
Publisher: George H. Harap & Co. Ltd. London : 1936.
ISBN :
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Review: Both books appear to be dramatised versions of the author's experiences in the BSA Police during the period between the two World Wars. Researchers should beware, as it is likely that some of the content of both books is probably fiction.
19 September 2009
Title: Trooper Fault
Author: Lamburne, John: BSA Police 1757; Served 1913 to 1919
Publisher: John Murray, 1931

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Review: Trooper Fault is a fictional policeman in the early days of the BSAP and the author gives his character the regimental number 1757. This in fact identifies the author as John Battersby Crompton Lamburn, writing under one of his several pen-names. Lamburn was the young brother of the author Richmal Crompton who later used him as the model for her "Just William" stories. 'Trooper Fault' follows this young man's recruitment into the Force, his passage to Africa, recruit training in Depot (where he meets RSM James K Blatherwick), and on to his district station of Tokwe. Despite the passage of time many present day readers will identify with the career of young Fault. His story ends with an almost John Buchan- type suppression of a native rebellion, thus saving the Colony for another day. Tpr 1757 Lamburn served from 19/9/1913 to 30/11/1919 but nothing is known of his service. On leaving the Force he moved to the Far East and travelled throughout China. Returning to England in the 1930s he took to writing
David Sloman (5695)
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Kings Gold
Author: Macaskill, Glenn; BSA Police: 6538 - Dec-1961 to Jul-1980
Publisher: Sunninghill: Crest Publishing 2003
ISBN: 0-620-31002-2

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Review: This is a work of fiction and informative fact carefully interwoven. The prologue is set against the backdrop of the Matabeleland massacres by the Fifth Brigade in the early 1980s. The scene then shifts to early 2000, when the disastrous and tragic dark cloud descended upon Zimbabwe. A roller coaster ride takes the reader through legend and tribal superstition, murder, romance, courage and a series of extraordinary plots and thrilling climaxes. Former BSA Police members Trevor Lawson and Gift Shimenga and friends find themselves embroiled in political intrigue involving some of the world's major intelligence agencies, the traumatic events of a country on the brink of anarchy, and the exciting quest to unravel the secret of bygone forbidden riches. 'An epic adventure midst the ruins of Zimbabwe'
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: The Rhodesian
Author: Page, Gertrude
Publisher: London: Hurst & Blackett Ltd, 1912
ISBN:

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Review: A romantic novel set in Southern Rhodesia in about 1910. The main character is a Major Carew [The Rhodesian] who joined the BSACP Pioneer Column to escape his past in England. His life is crossed by two wealthy, English educated young ladies from South Africa who are on a visit to S.R. with their mining magnat Uncle. A plot is hatched by the one young lady to ensnare the reclusive Major into marriage with her lifelong friend. I'm not into love stories and only started to read this book because of the BSA Police mention in the first page of Chapter 1, entitled 'The Police Camp'. I was quickly hooked and much to my wife's amusement, read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. What gripped me was the vivid portrayal of early settler life and the special relationship between the Policemen and the community they served - in this case the scattered missionaries and miners around the Zimbabwe Ruins. Major Carew and his troopers are depicted as dedicated, professional 'soldier/policemen', as the author calls them. However, the highlight of the book, for me, was the author's superb description of the sights and smells of the Rhodesian bush and its seasonal changes. It made me feel quite homesick. A recommended Rhodesiana novel - and for the record, I even enjoyed the love story!
Frank Flowers (7404) New Zealand.
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland
Author: Schreiner, Olive
Publisher: London : T. Fisher Unwin. 1897

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Review: A fictional story about a trooper in Mashonaland, who can be identified as a member of the BSACP. The author did not approve of Empire building in southern Africa and book is said to reflect her anger at Rhodes methods
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: The Sweaties
Author: Scott, James
Publisher: Pegasus Elliot McKenzie, 2006
ISBN: 978-1843862468

Availability: Amazon Kindle
Review:Yet to be reviewed.
John Larn
Updated: 12 September 2014
Title: The Biscuit Barrel
Author: Slater, David
Publisher: Amazon, 2012
ISBN: 913:978-1480153196

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Review: The inheritance of a Wedgwood Biscuit Barrel containing a wad of 100-year old letters sets in motion an enquiry which forms the basis for the story which follows. It is April 1914, with WW1 just months away, and a young BSAP trooper, newly arrived from England and posted to Umtali, becomes embroiled in a complicated series of murders, whose solution has to await the end of the First World War. The young trooper is wounded in action in one of the earliest actions of WW1, at Schuckmennsburg in the Caprivi Strip. Frustrated by the lack of action, he signs up for France and the western Front.Later, he joins the RFC, initially as an observer,but later is promoted to pilot officer. His letters to a friend in Penhalonga, the original owner of the Biscuit Barrel, finally reveal the solution to the murders.
David Slater
Updated: 23 March 2013
Title: Come break a Spear
Author: Smith, Ivan Peter Thornton BSA Police 7357; Served 1965-1977
Publisher: Black Eagle Press,November 1994
ISBN: 978-0949931047
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Review: A novel about two men, one white the other black and both members of a Police Anti Terrorist Unit (PATU) stick.
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Out with the Mounties
Author: Temple, Derek
Publisher: N.p. England : Samson Low Ltd. 1930


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Review: Although described as the experiences and adventures of a trooper of the Rhodesian Mounted Police, is a work of fiction written in the “Boy's Own Adventure” style, about a policeman's chase after a man wanted for murder. Includes a number of photographs and is dedicated to a BSA Police Trooper. Although a work of fiction, the libraries at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as the National Army Museum in London have the book in their BSA Police collections. Derek TEMPLE was not a member of the BSA Police.
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Empress Gold
Author: Whittam, Jeffrey
Publisher: Cocopan, 2013
ISBN: 978-0957366534


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Review: Sequel to "Sons of Africa" - Rhodesia/Zimbabwe specific. A thriller with mainly a Zimbabwe time-line but with flashbacks to the Rhodesian era. Generally centred on the Fort Vic-Gt Zimbabwe-Sabi districts. Murder and mayhem, gold mining, ancient workings, bush chases,you name it! Zim Police and Army have extensive roles and the BSAP appears in the form of a small vignette naming an ex-Tpr of that time. The writing is polished and the story well put together, holds the interest from start to finish, and has enough thrills to satisfy anybody without resorting to fantasy. (Also available on Kindle)
Ted Dowling
Updated: 28 November 2013
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Fiction - Authored by Former BSA Police Members
Title: Brothers in Blood
Author: Farnsworth, Kenneth - BSA Police 110949; Served 1979 to 1982
Publisher: Sable Publishing House, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-906255-36-7

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Review: Book awaiting review by former members.

Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: Ndlovu - The White Elephant
Author: Good, Peter - BSA Police 6193; Served 1960 to 1967
Publisher: Pneumasprings, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-907728-22-8

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Review: The White Elephant is a pacy story set in Zimbabwe during the turbulent years that followed Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence. The story highlights the dangers of police work in the explosive climate of a troubled country during years of the terror war and is woven around human suffering, painful endurance, and horrors that confronted the peoples both black and white. The narrative is loosely based upon the author’s own experiences in the police force of what was then Rhodesia. Thus the action of his story is set against an authentic background which the author experienced and the impeccable writing style gives a palpable vividness to the events - source www.publishedbestsellers.com
Updated: 27 November 2011
Title: Landsong
Author: Jones, Geraint - BSA Police 9270/110767; Served 1974 to 1980
Publisher: Urungwe, 2006
ISBN: 0-9553231-0-X

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Review: In Africa things don't always go according to plan - particularly when politics, witchcraft and war intervene. Set in an era of political turmoil and change, the story that weaves itself around Jairos Mapfumo's life is one of courage and dignity; of despair, compromise and surrender. A gifted village boy is discovered by a schoolteacher and a priest who groom him for success in the emerging modern Africa; but fate has different plans for Jairos Mapfumo. A small tragedy in his home village, a flurry in the winds of change sweeping across Africa and the malice of unseen agents conspire to rob Jairos of his brilliant future. This is a story of human circumstance in an Africa beset with massive countervailing forces. It follows the fortunes of a talented young man as he is challenged by the maelstrom events of the end of the colonial era, the tantalising progression that governs the process of human, the petty politics of village life, to witness his final confrontation with the fragile thing that is life on the beautiful but benighted continent. 'Landsong' is a uniquely African story that gifts the reader with imagery and insights, carefully and sensitively crafted by a writer shose love of Africa radiates from every page.
Updated: 22 May 2010
Title: The Rats of Beirut
Author: King, Michael J BSA Police 7012; Served 1963 to 1981
Publisher: Create Space, 2013
ISBN: 9781482340587

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Review: Nick Neesom is an Australian with a background in clandestine criminal and military operations. When his partner is abducted and murdered on the outskirts of Brisbane he traces her killers to Lebanon and Iraq. With assistance from Israel’s Mossad and the US Army he tracks his quarry (known as LIBRA) to their lair in the Turkish Border Mountains of Kurdistan. It is here that he discovers a cache of Saddam Hussein’s hidden WMDs ready for launching against Israel and bordering Arab nations. LIBRA is headed by The Ferret, an unscrupulous little rat faced man, who cares little about Israel or its Arab neighbours in his quest for domination of Middle East wealth. Mick and his friend Moukhtar join in a vendetta against The Ferret and LIBRA and formulate a plan to rid the area of insurgents involved in suicide bombings and IEDs.
Mike King
Updated: 22 June 2013
Title: The Horns of a Dilemma
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2012
Author: King, Michael J BSA Police 7012; Served 1963 to 1981
ISBN: 9781475241785

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Review: The author, Michael King, was born in Kenya where he lived with his parents and two brothers in mainly small district locations scattered around the country. He migrated to Southern Rhodesia after completing his schooling in Nairobi, where he joined the British South Africa Police (BSAP) in 1963. During the course of his service he remained in Salisbury Province apart from a short stint at Vila Salazar on the Portuguese border. His duties were in accordance with those of an urban policeman. He later became Officer in Charge Police Anti-Terrorist Unit (PATU) Salisbury Province and OIC Braeside. As a member of PATU he was called upon to carry out duties in the rural areas in the north of the country seeking out communist terrorists. His prowess in this regard was to later stand him in good stead as a team leader of the Salisbury Urban Emergency Unit commonly called SWAT which brought him into direct contact with terrorists who had infiltrated the urban townships. He was slightly wounded during one such contact. Apart from urban police stations Mike was also engaged in Traffic Section, Highway Patrol, Police Driving School at Cranborne and the Sub Aqua Section. Mike resigned from the BSA Police in 1981 as a Chief Inspector and immigrated to Australia where his previous experiences ensured employment with the Queensland Government. Having retired in 2010 Mike and his wife Ginny have taken to travelling to interesting places such as South Africa, Namibia and Botswana in search of the exotic wild animals in the many game reserves of that part of the world. He has since produced not only his father’s memoirs but his own as well. His life experiences and love of the bush and its wildlife triggered the idea of a novel culminating in the “Horns of a Dilemma”. Mike is a rare author who kills off the first few heroes of this story, then exposes the greed and corruption of the new breed of black and white villains in Africa; the tragedy of the white farming community in Zimbabwe, until the last hero to appear, Andy Robinson, works on behalf of the Zambian Government to help eradicate the trade in Illegal rhino and ivory poaching along the Zambezi River. It is an excellent read with authentic experiences to tell the tale. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more that I hope will come.
Mike Edden
Updated: 22 June 2013
Title: Crime Lords
Author: Macaskill, Glenn; BSA Police: BSA Police 6538; Served 1961 to 1980
Publisher: Sunninghill: Crest Publishing 2007
ISBN: 0-620-36471-8

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Review: Anyone who enjoys a conspiracy theory will get a kick out of this book…my curiosity was aroused by the suggestion of corrupt links between criminals and police…Macaskill avoids the paranoia pitfall, weaving a cogent plot filled with credible characters.” Norman Sheppard, Johannesburg CITIZEN newspaper 7th December 2006.
“Glenn Macaskill’s Crime Lords reads like the front page of most South African newspapers…it is very fast-paced and keeps the leader glued as the author tackles the world of crime syndicates operating in Southern Africa…Crime Lords will take you into places you don’t want to believe exist, showing you the seedier side of our society.” Andrew Beet, Pretoria News 25th June 2007.
“Your story has all the hallmarks of a best seller…gripping and such a page-turner…could not put it down…commend you on the educational value of the text…unusual for a novel of this genre…detailed insight that you give of the methods, the thinking, the organization and the commitment of the people in the police…everybody here and abroad should read it.” Wim Ahlers, Author.
Title: Hunt the Assassin
Author: Macaskill, Glenn; BSA Police: BSA Police 6538; Served 1961 to 1980
Publisher: Sunninghill: Crest Publishing 2011
ISBN: 978-0-620-50760-8

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Review: Within a year, aided by his former partner from Bombay, Patrick Rogan, MacKinnon ingeniously succeeds in making a daring escape. It was unthinkable for the police professionally - and politically damaging to the government and royal family - that he who had received clemency from the Queen should escape justice.
Expert Scotland Yard homicide detectives are in pursuit and the trail leads from England to South Africa where signs of a second Anglo-Boer war are looming. The existing Afrikaner republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State are preparing to resist another attempt by the British to annex them to their famous empire. Amidst the often lawless wildcat mining, and the political turmoil of South Africa in the late 19th century, the chase is relentless.
In this compelling narrative with its intriguing twists and turns between winning and losing, a tenacious team of English detectives is determined to run MacKinnon down. They are up against a redoubtable pair of adversaries in a showdown which eventually leads to an absorbing climax of the battle of wits in the still savage South African bushveld.
27 November 2011
Title: Bradley in Afghanistan
Author: Naismith, Harry - BSA Police 7795; Served 1967-1980
Publisher: Self Published - 2014
ISBN: 9781785100888 Paperback

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Review: The last time round David Bradley narrowly escaped death in militant-strewn Iraq; now having recovered from his injuries he has followed the new love of his life, Lorraine, to Afghanistan. Lorraine’s father, a former general in the American Marines, is also in-country and co-opts Bradley to join him in snooping on an ambitious warlord’s extracurricular activities. However, Bradley’s past as an undercover operative creating mayhem in Zimbabwe on behalf of the apartheid South African administration comes back to haunt him again for the Harare regime is intent in exacting revenge. To that end they hire a hit man with an intimate knowledge of strife-torn Afghanistan who is also a close friend of the powerful warlord. Bradley’s girlfriend - working for an NGO involved with animal welfare – gets a lead on the illicit trade in endangered species, especially her beloved snow leopards, which together with her fiery disposition leads to serious complications as it’s a sideline from which the warlord’s family derive a very lucrative income. When Lorraine is kidnapped Bradley embarks on a race against time through the rugged, hostile hinterland whilst his would-be assassin closes in.
Harry Naismith 7795
Updated: 7 May 2016
Title: Colonial Cop
Author: Naismith, Harry - BSA Police 7795; Served 1967-1980
Publisher: Self Published - 2016
ISBN: 9781786109071 Paperback

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Review:This book was written in order to record some of my experiences whilst serving in the Rhodesian police force in the years running up to independence in 1980. I was in my early twenties when I first arrived in the southern African colony shortly after UDI. From day one I loved the place. During the ensuing years I met a huge variety of individuals, black and white, many of whom were characters of note and with whom I shared good times and bad. But it is the camaraderie and humour which are uppermost in my memory. Rhodesia truly was a land of milk and honey until the pleasant way of life was rent asunder in the 1970s by a brutal insurgency backed and financed by the major communist powers of the day. This resulted in much strife and horrific bloodshed which we strove to contain but world opinion was not in our favour and eventually the so-called “rebellion” was brought to an end at a pantomime in London. My hope is that the lighter moments of these reminisces bring a smile to the wrinkled features of old friends and colleagues.
Harry Naismith 7795
Updated: 7 May 2016
Title: Weapons of Mass Destruction - The Zimbabwe Connection
Author: Naismith, Harry - BSA Police 7795; Served 1967 to 1980
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle ebooks 2011
ASIN: B004UMFMKM

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Review: Brian Callison, the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of “Flock of Ships”, “The Bone Collectors”, “Trapp’s War” and many others, had the following to say about this book: “This debut novel is a cracker written by someone who’s been there. Mr Naismith offers a fascinating insight into the gun-oil reeking courage and fear, and sometimes cynical self-contemptuous world, of those who risk their lives as military ‘contractors’ in the most violent arenas of Africa. From Zimbabwe to Iraq, to its violent dénouement, Weapons Of Mass Destruction will keep the eyes of every armchair mercenary firmly glued to the page.”
Anne Dewe, director of a leading London firm of Literary Agents – Andrew Mann Limited – had the following to say about this book: “This exciting thriller is graphically told and based closely on experience. David Bradley and his team of security experts are in trouble both in Zimbabwe and, by an unexpected connection, in Iraq. I was entirely gripped by it and found myself constantly thinking “that’s how it is - that is really how it is”. It is not an escapist or a literary story, it is harsh truth and reality, convincing and in some ways startling. Not a read to send you to sleep but definitely one to recommend”.
10 April 2011
Title: Black Mamba White Settler
Author: Tilbury, Ken - BSA Police 6723; Served 1962 to 1965
Publisher: Kindle, 2012
ISBN: 978-1497355095

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Review: A thoroughly fascinating read with vivid descriptions of Swaziland, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique. Having been brought up and lived through similar circumstances, the author has rekindled the memories of that time. I applaud the author for his creation of a 'good read', although slightly spoilt by the odd typo and reference to ZIPRA as the armed wing of ZANU when it should have been ZANLA. Congratulations Ken.
Alastair Morgan

Updated: 23 March 2013
Title: The Rain Goddess
Author: Stiff, Peter BSA Police 4831; served Dec-1951 to Jan-1972
Publisher: Jacaranda Press, Rhodesia, 1973
ISBN: 919-85406-1
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Review: In the late 1960s early 1970s Peter Stiff was a superintendent in the BSA Police. Internal insurgency combined with major armed guerrilla incursions from Zambia had commenced, but the government played them down to the public at large. In an effort to maintain public morale/ignorance only the police, and latterly regular army soldiers, were deployed on counter-insurgency operations. The government was determined to avoid casualties amongst young national servicemen. Stiff did not subscribe to the view that the public should be kept in the dark. After resigning his commission in 1972 he wrote this book, a 'fictional' account of the bush war based on his own experiences and those of his former police comrades. It was impossible to write it as non fiction because this would have carried the sanction of of a prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. The Rain Goddess served its purpose and alerted an amazed Rhodesian public to the undeclared war war then raging on its doorstep. The Rain Goddess is widely recognised as the classic novel on the Rhodesian Bush War. Latest edition published by Galago, Alberton, RSA. Cover can be lifted by right clicking on image in www.galago.co.za.
Peter Stiff
19 September 2009
Title: The Curve of the Tusk
Author: Ware, John William - BSA Police 4200; Served 1947 to 1950
Publisher: Indepenpress Publishers Limited, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-906710-24-8

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Review: Tony Frame, ex soldier-turned mounted police officer, is called upon to head up the desperate search deep in the African bush for a missing plane. But alarm bells start to ring with the discovery that an extra passenger was on board the small aircraft – unlicensed to travel. To add to the mystery, Frame discovers a cigarette case containing four precious, flawless emeralds. And just who are the two so-called journalists that have followed him to a remote island where he is sent by his boss to recover from his near-death experience with malaria? The Curve of the Tusk – not just a thrilling read but a taste of the stunning African wildlife and how man has cruelly wiped his smears across it.
10 April 2011
Title: The Dunes of Langebaan
Author: Ware, John William - BSA Police 4200; Served 1947 to 1950
Publisher: Pen Press Publishers Limited, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-907172-43-4

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Review: Set mainly during the 1940s and 50s in the copperbelt of then Northern Rhodesia, the west coast of South Africa and the ports of Germany, The Dunes of Langebaan is a tale of secrets and discoveries, and how the unravelling of bygone mysteries can draw together apparently disparate lives. When Mark Wilton returns from World War II a much changed man, his dreams of working in the family boat-building business have also irrevocably altered, and he heads for Northern Rhodesia to train and work as a miner. There he meets Koos DuPlessis, a man hewn by his past, and as the two form a firm friendship and eventually leave the mines for ventures new in South Africa, Mark begins to live his personal dream and becomes embroiled with a lovely young woman with a tragic heritage… and the destructive world of heroin-dealing.
10 April 2011