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Okavango: another life

Okavango: another life [Kindle Edition]

George Macpherson
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A modern historical romance set in Northern Kalahari in Southern Africa. It's a story of adventure and passion in a country where the historical prejudices and injustices still entrenched in all its neighbours, were being challenged as a new African nation emerged in 1967. The dangers of wild animals, power of traditional beliefs, hatred and love between races and tribes, as well as the hazards of international politics made Botswana a melting pot for the Africa of the future. Alan Black is a third generation Rhodesian starting his career in Ngamiland, one of the world's last unspoiled habitats encompassing the vast Okavango Swamps. His job is to work with the newly independent Batswana people, achieve higher incomes and standard of living from their livestock and crops. He becomes close to an Afrikaner family whose safari company faces radical challenges; and to a beautiful African woman whose natural boldness has been given the extra confidence of university education. Together they experience success in their work and their passionate relationship: but how can it all end? There's someone else in Alan's life with whom he seems inevitably and mysteriously linked.

This is a gentle story of African enchantment in the most exotic of settings, in which love challenges racial boundaries breached only by the few despite the conflicts of religion, politics, race and class – as President Seretse Khama guides Botswana, despite its wide diversities and contradictions, towards proud nationhood.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479118362
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grande Vigne Press (28 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HILU96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #383,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning writer and journalist George Macpherson was educated at St Paul's School, London, UK, and Seale Hayne Agricultural College (now Plymouth University, Devon). After several years working in rural development in Tanzania, Malawi and Botswana he joined the United Nations' International Labour Organisation as a Technical Advisor to the Government of Tanzania before returning to Britain, where he began learning his trade as a journalist and writer.

He later took up a post with BBC World Service as a producer, then Programme Organiser for the Swahili Service. He presented and produced music, medical, farming and wildlife programmes for BBC Five Live and BBC Radio Four before moving in 2006, with his wife Jane, to France to write novels.

Between them, Jane (a graduate in English and Drama)and George had eight children - now spread around Europe and Scandinavia. In their spare time they are heavily into classical music - singing in local choirs, while George learns the cello and plays it in a symphony orchestra. He plays flute in the town band and piano 'as required'. Both are students of the French language - on a life-long course.

George speaks several African languages including Swahili, Chewa, Tswana and a little Sukuma, which he learned from his Tanzanian first wife, mother of his four children.

George's is writing more novels to add to those already on sale in Amazon Kindle Store. His non-fiction books are also to be found from time to time, on and

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 5 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having lived in this region of Botswana in the 1970's I know how true to life this story is. A great read about a great country and people, thank you George.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Botswana 6 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Looked forward to this story, but was quite disappointed as it was more like an agricultural journal, the
story was very weak.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the subbing 1 Nov 2012
By cornbou
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting and evocative story but unfortunately my reading experience was marred by very sloppy sub-editing! Far too many errors like missing words/letters or words repeated in the same sentence etc etc, also some strange juxtapositions of words as if translated from French. This is the first Kindle book I've read with so many mistakes, shame!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very readable, 23 April 2012
By lucci
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It had a good balance of narrative,history and emotional content and I was reluctant to put it down until finished. It has stayed with me as an excellent introduction to the change over from colonial rule to democratic rule in both Botswana and Zimbabwe, although it is set in the days when this still Rhodesia. The story line is good and the local information very gripping and absorbing. I recommend it as a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 5 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A must to read captivating story well written, the local knowledge came out in this novel. This is the second book I have read by George Macpherson and look forward to the next.
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