The Slope of Kongwa Hill
A Boy’s Tale of Africa
by Anthony R. Edwards
Published by Agio Publishing House, 151 Howe Street, Victoria BC Canada V8V 4K5
Copyright 2011, Anthony R. Edwards. All rights reserved. Cover illustration – batik by Imelda Edwards.
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The Slope of Kongwa Hill ISBN 978-1-897435-65-6 (trade paperback) Cataloguing information available from Library and Archives Canada.
Text revised February 2012.
“This book evokes the feelings of young school kids in an absolutely unique situation at a time of great worldwide change. The happy and not-so-happy times are faithfully remembered and the setting of the great plains of central Tanganyika (Tanzania) in an era before television, cell phones, reliable electricity supply or decent transport, makes for a book that one cannot put down.”
— Graeme Berry (an alumnus of that place and times), United Kingdom
“Brilliant! Having lived in Africa for 40 years, during and after colonial rule, I avidly search bookshops, now that I have returned to Britain, for books about life on that continent. There are many available, written by short term visitors to Kenya, South Africa, the Congo and elsewhere but they seldom convey what life was like for people living in these places during the past 60 years. Kongwa Hill, like "Africa House" by Christina Lamb, falls in to a very different category. The author experienced life as a schoolboy in East Africa, with many good times but also a lot of hardships. He describes a way of life that will never be repeated but is a part of history for every African Nation. Compared to the life of the average schoolboy in Manchester or Toronto in the 1950s, Kongwa probably will sound exciting, but with parents seen perhaps twice a year, no television, wild animals and life-threatening bugs in large numbers and, later, terrorism, life was not a bed of roses. Sadly, the number of people still alive to remember life in East and Central Africa during the early post-Second World War years are becoming fewer and fewer with each passing year but they, and anyone else with an interest in Africa, will find this an enthralling book."