The fictional relationship at the core of Cranswick's "Blood Lily" is between two boys born in Rhodesia, one the son of a white farmer and the other that of a black domestic worker on the same farm. For those of us that had our formative years in Southern Africa, this relationship and how it evolves as part of, and in response to the great pressures of the time, makes for a compelling and evocative story. The two boys grow up together as best of friends, with the black servant and her son regarded as part of the wider family circle on the white man's farm. But therein lies the problem in this relationship and the wider society of Rhodesia, as such a paternal outlook fails to provide the basis for true equality and shared aspiration for all the country's people. Cranswick's story takes us through the years of civil war in Rhodesia into the tragedy of life today in Zimbabwe, and there is plenty of excitment and drama to keep one engaged, in what is ultimately a story of betrayal, redemption and Africa's endurance despite the folly of man. Hence the opening dedication in the book, "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the Earth abideth for ever... (Ecclesiastes 1.4)".