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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 >

Cephas Msipa: Zimbabwe’s reluctant hero

Trevor Grundy | 9 October, 2019

  Cephas Msipa, the mild-mannered primary school teacher who left the classroom to help a generation of freedom fighters turn white-ruled Rhodesia into black-led Zimbabwe in 1980, has died in…   Read more >

Lawrence Vambe’s funeral in London

Trevor Grundy | 8 October, 2019

A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for the life of Lawrence Chinyani Vambe (March 5, 1917 – September 14, 2019) was held at 2.30 pm at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic…   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 >

Doris Lessing (1919-2013) Self-proclaimed ‘Useful Idiot’ for the Soviet Union

Trevor Grundy | 7 October, 2019

  Doris Lessing was critical about herself, much more so than the people who wrote obituaries about her following her death at her London home in November 2013. From 1942…   Read more >

The Odd Man In – Mugabe’s White Hand Man, by Denis Norman

Trevor Grundy | 7 October, 2019

One of the main surprises that followed Robert Mugabe’s overwhelming election victory (57 of the 80 seats open to Africans) in March 1980 was Prime Minister Robert Mugabe’s decision to…   Read more >

Writing Revolt – An engagement with African nationalism 1957-1967, by Terence Ranger

Trevor Grundy | 3 October, 2019

Professor Terence Ranger needs no introduction to students of Africa, or to those who helped turn white-ruled southern Rhodesia into black-governed Zimbabwe in April 1980. This Oxford University academic is…   Read more >

Who put Mugabe into power?

Trevor Grundy | 2 October, 2019

In a two- page obituary (four colour pictures and one black and white) highlighting the life and times of Robert Mugabe published in The Times on Saturday 7th September 2019,…   Read more >

Chenjerai Hove – A voice for the voiceless in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Trevor Grundy | 2 October, 2019

By TREVOR GRUNDY   He was a man of principle during the course of a lonely 14-years exile in America, France and Norway. He was a voice for the voiceless…   Read more >

Peter Mackay: An officer and a gentleman who Rhodesian whites imprisoned and branded a “kaffir-loving KGB agent.”

Trevor Grundy | 2 October, 2019

By Trevor Grundy   When Peter Mackay died in 2013 at his well-kempt, humble cottage home in Marondera (the former Marandellas) he was 86. He was, wrote the historian Terence…   Read more >