Troubador Malachite and Mangoes

Released: 28/02/2016

ISBN: 9781785890918

eISBN: 9781785895555

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Malachite and Mangoes

Five years in the Zambian Copperbelt

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'Equality and freedom were the ideals of our generation and we’d arrived with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez songs sounding in our ears. We would be a part of the African revolution shaking off the mantle of colonialism. Not for us the injustices of the white regime still in power further to the south where Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma languished on Robben Island. We were the new generation of liberals, open to change and encouraging every sort of freedom.' The 1970s were a unique time in African history. Many thousands of British, South African, and Australian migrants started their working lives in Central Africa, and they continually had to readjust to major racial, social and economic changes taking place around them. Sara Dunn has written of her extraordinary drive from Edinburgh to Zambia in Appointment in Zambia (Matador, 2012), and this follow-up volume describes the realities of a life they had so eagerly anticipated. In the aftermath of a nearby mining disaster, they embarked on living and working amidst constantly changing challenges, surprises, delights and disappointments. Sara’s personal account of this tumultous period in Zambia’s history is a book for anyone interested in a different perspective on Central Africa, but also for any one of those thousands who began their families amidst the same post-colonial upheaval that Sara vividly describes.

3 out of 5 stars

An interesting view of the expat life in Zambia in the 1970s with smart observations about the political and social climate in a region in process of changing. It also has humorous moments and travel recommendations intermezzo which make the book even more complex and worth to read.

by Ilana WD


5 out of 5 stars

Great book. Enjoyable read. I opted not to do a review on my blog but that was in no way the fault of the book.

by Tina Edwards


4 out of 5 stars

If you love travel books, and learning what it's like to live abroad, this book will entertain you. At time hilarious and always honest, Dunn describes the experience of living in Zambia in the 1970s and why people were motivated to seek change after decades of colonialism..

by Holly Welsh


This book is perfect on a grey cold day, Africa, sunshine, jacarandas.
Echoes so well my own memories of teaching at Chingola High School at the same time as Sara. I cannot remember her and should I am sure! I have sent copies of the book to friends who were also teachers in Chingola at the same time.
Thank you, Sara.

by Edwige Quick


Sara Dunn

Sara left Edinburgh, her birthplace, to make the overland journey to Africa. She’d had a settled life until then, attending the same convent school for twelve years. Ross came on the scene when she was only fourteen. Her first venture abroad as a sixteen-year-old was en famille in France which gave her enough of the language to assist their journey through France and francophone Morocco, Algeria, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and The Congo.

They stayed in Zambia for a total of five years, Sara finally learned to drive and they increased their number with three daughters. Africa kept calling them back, not least with Ross’s job in the nineties which took them to Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe. At this time they received the honour of being made chiefs of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. Other trips took them around South Africa, Botswana and Namibia experiencing more adventures waiting to be told.

As a retired teacher Sara divides her time between Cyprus and Berkshire. Paphos Writers Group have steered her through a different journey leading to the publication of ‘Appointment in Zambia’ which is more than 40 years overdue.

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