Churchills in Africa
'The period of the 1890s and early 1900s, when South Africa cast its strongest spell... makes a good story, and Mr Roberts has told it well, in fluent style and with an impartiality that is rare in anyone writing on so perennially controversial a subject.'
Times Literary Supplement
`A clever and amusing piece of biographical reconstruction which not only puts Winston Churchill's exploits in the Boer War in new perspective but contains a shamingly hilarious account of his father's visit to Mashonaland in search of gold in 1891.’
`Dramatic and most readable . . . The author illuminates the story of Winston Churchill's capture, escape and return to battle with a valuable commentary of his own.'
For the Churchill family, the 1890s were fateful years. The first half of the decade saw the tragic decline and death of Lord Randolph Churchill; the second half launched his young son, Winston, on his spectacular career.
Both events were influenced by the turbulent state of affairs prevailing in South
Africa—a place then attracting the attentions of ambitious men throughout the world.
It offered not only riches but the chance of political involvement and military renown;
behind the glitter of Kimberley's diamonds, the Transvaal's gold and the opening-
In his last book, Cecil Rhodes and the Princess, Brian Roberts threw a new light
on a little-
Lord Randolph's elaborate expedition to Mashonaland in 1891, though ostensibly a
patriotic venture connected with state-
Winston Churchill's exploits in South Africa as correspondent, escaped prisoner of
war and army officer are well-