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Six Britons who tried to emulate Mussolini and Hitler – A timely look at fascism and its failure in the UK

Trevor Grundy | 30 July, 2020

  Failed Fuhrers – A History of Britain’s Extreme Right by Graham Macklin (Routledge and New York -www.routledge.com) US$ 26.00. pp. 580.    “Some day, in the not too distant…   Read more >

Covid-19: Leading British philosopher wonders if mankind is descending into a state of collective derangement

Trevor Grundy | 27 June, 2020

    TREVOR GRUNDY says that a review by the British philosopher John Gray of a two-year old book by an American historian is worth reading because of the fresh…   Read more >

Zimbabwe’s best- loved musical instrument is introduced to billions during cultural diversity week

Trevor Grundy | 22 May, 2020

Kenny Mangwena  from Zimbabwe playing the mbira at an African culture festival organised by Music for Change in Canterbury, southern England  (Picture: Trevor Grundy)   By Trevor Grundy As many…   Read more >

‘It’s the Media, Stupid!’ Writers examine role of the Press in Labour’s catastrophic 2019 defeat

Trevor Grundy | 14 May, 2020

 It’s the Media, Stupid! The Media, the 2019 Election and the Aftermath (Published by the Campaign for Free Press and Broadcasting Federation (North) 2020 £9.99 / 144 pp.)   Review…   Read more >

Yesterday in Paradise – A Goan journalist remembers days of sunshine and sorrow in Kenya

Trevor Grundy | 27 December, 2019

  Review by TREVOR GRUNDY   “History,” says a character in Louis de Bernieres’s novel Captain Corellis’s Mandolin,”ought to consist only of the anecdotes of the little people who are…   Read more >

Blood River – A memory at the heart of the Afrikaners’ battle to surivive

Trevor Grundy | 14 November, 2019

Bridge Over Blood River: The Afrikaners’ Fight for Survival by Kajsa Norman (Hurst & Company, London 2016)   TREVOR GRUNDY reviews Kajsa Norman’s book Bridge Over Blood River   MODERN HISTORIANS…   Read more >

Strongmen – Paving stones towards totalitarian dictatorships

Trevor Grundy | 14 November, 2019

STRONGMEN edited by Vijay Prashad published by OR Books 2018 • Paperback 112 pp. ISBN 978-1-682191-69-9 • E-book 978-1-682191-70-5) Reviewed by TREVOR GRUNDY Until recently, progressives believed that the retreat…   Read more >

A SWAPO comrade’s experience of betrayal and torture

Trevor Grundy | 13 November, 2019

Book Review/Opinion   SWAPO Captive – A comrade’s experience of betrayal and torture by Oiva Angula (Zebra Press, South Africa R 230/ 179pp.) Review by Trevor Grundy   A regius…   Read more >

Garfield Todd – The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia, by Susan Woodhouse

Trevor Grundy | 9 October, 2019

The story of Garfield Todd in Central Africa starts in 1934. At the age of 26 he and his 23- year old wife, Grace and their adopted daughter, Alycen, came…   Read more >

Kingdom, Power, Glory – Mugabe, Zanu and the Quest for Supremacy 1960-1987 by Stuart Doran

Trevor Grundy | 7 October, 2019

IN THE PREFACE to ‘Eminent Victorians,’ Lytton Strachey issued a warning that resonates with writers, historians, journalists and members of the public trying to make sense of post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. He…   Read more >