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Born Singing

Born Singing [Kindle Edition]

Annette Willoughby
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Complete in itself, 'Born Singing' is also a sequel to 'Innocent in Africa'. The two titles are a reflection of those years after the ending of apartheid, when barriers between blacks and whites came down But were the whites in South Africa ready to cross? The true story of an English woman, wife of an engineer, a grandmother and a teacher, observing events on both sides of the border between Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa during1996-1998 'Born Singing' conjures up throbbing images of voices, people and events.A lively and sensitive writer, Annette Willoughby offers the reader a feast of travel and humour.. for her there were no barriers. She writes about the Basotho people, whom she came to love and admire. Skilfully, she transports her readers to the Karoo Desert, Gauteng, Kimberley Diamond City, Cape Town and across Lake Kariba to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Vivid recollections of King Letsie's Coronation in 1997, the news of Princess Diana's death, President Mandela's official opening of Muela Dam in 1998, total immersion baptisms at Teyateyaneng Festival ..and more. Her ex-pat lifestyle as the wife of a professional engineer contrasts strikingly with her involvement with the Basotho family at Ha Simone. She feels pulled apart by the conflict of emotions. Walter becomes desperately ill. Should she help to get him medical care in a hospital or leave him to die?

About the Author

Annette Willoughby, the eldest of five children, was born in 1940 and spent her childhood in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After qualifying as a teacher in Hertfordshire, she spent most of her adult life teaching children with special needs while bringing up her own family. She has also dabbled in antiques and traded in artistic memorabilia. Recently starting a new phase of her life, she naturally became involved with children of the Third World when she joined her partner - an engineer on a hydro-project in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. 'Innocent in Africa', her first book, is an account of her time in Lesotho and South Africa shortly after the ending of apartheid. She has contributed to a number of articles and reports in various publications in connection with her fascination with Lesotho.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2365 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Online Ltd (22 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VOCSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Annette Willoughby (surname Annette Glenn) started writing when she found herself living in a new country - The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho - in Southern Africa when she joined her partner who was an engineer working on the Highland Water Scheme in 1996. She shot from teaching adolescents in South London to teaching children of the mountain villages whose lives were all about survival. Lesotho is the 9th poorest country in the world.Two years after the ending of Apartheid in South Africa, she saw life from both sides of the border.Lesotho's culture is rich and fascinating. 'Innocent in Africa' gives an account of travel and discovery and introduces a Basotho village with whom she becomes involved. Her second book 'Born Singing' - compares the ex-pat lifestyle of the wife of an professional engineer with the poverty stricken lives of the people of Ha Simone. She transports her readers to the Karoo Desert, Kimberley Diamnond City, Gauteng, Capetown and the Garden Route, and across Lake Kariba into Zimbabwe.The book was made into a Talking Book by the RNIB for blind readers and sold to many countries round the world.It was made into a hardback Library Copy in Large Print for partially sighted readers and has been used as a Teaching aid in many schools. Reviewed by Three Counties Radio and Kent Radio, it was given excellent write ups.
Out of the book, Annette started a charity called LINKING LIVES which has helped many children to attend school in Lesotho. Latterly she helped to build a new Pre-school in the village of Ha Simone. She was given a Basotho name, Malimakatso, in recognition of the work she has done in Lesotho and her books are in the archives of Morija Museum as a permanent copy. She has now retired from teaching but continues to write short stories.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What a journey 19 Dec 2013
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Thoroughly riveting account of a little known country. The author brought it to life with her deep knowledge of the area and especially the family she befriended
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel 7 May 2014
By David
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I was not sure if this book could be as enjoyable as Innocent in Africa but it was.My only criticism was the repeating of some of the passages from this book.It Was good to find out what happened to all the characters and again a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memories 12 Nov 2014
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One has to experience life in South Africa to fully understand it's complexities. I loved all the memories that Annette Willoughby brought to life for me. An excellent account and description of this beautiful Country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just wish that I was fit enough to go ... 4 Sep 2014
By Ann
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I just wish that I was fit enough to go travelling. A well written story with a few spelling mistakes!
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