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Wizards' Country

Wizards' Country [Kindle Edition]

Daphne Rooke

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It is Zululand in the 1870s; a bloodthirsty Zulu king is embroiled in bitter war with the English. Witches dwell in every cave and wizards are abroad in every village. The son of the chief of the Tshanini tribe, Benge, is a frail cripple, but he is believed by some to be a magic dwarf, a person set apart, with strange powers. This superbly written novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Benge, leader of men, caught in a body too small for his heart. It is a tale that bridges the emotional barrier between the reader and the Zulus with greater passion and precision than any factual accounts can achieve.

About the Author

Daphne Rooke (born 1914), was born in Boksburg, Transvaal, of an English father and Afrikaans mother, and grew up in Durban. She later moved to Zululand, where A Grove of Fever Trees, her first novel, was set. During, the 1930s she worked as a journalist in South Africa. She married an Australian and moved there with him. Mittee was published in 1951 and became an international bestseller. It was followed in subsequent years by a series of striking novels on turbulent South African themes. Rooke ultimately moved to England, and lives in Cambridge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daphne Marie Rooke (née Pizzey) (6 March 1914 - 21 January 2009) was a South African author of works such as "Mittee", "Ratoons" and "Wizards' Country". She also wrote travel articles and books for children set in India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Daphne Rooke was born in Boksburg, Transvaal; the youngest of six children. Her father was English. Her mother was an Afrikaaner from a well-known family that included the writer Leon Maré and a founder of Pietersburg, Siegfried Maré. After her father's death in the First World War, the family relocated to Natal, where they lived a hardscrabble farming life. During this time, her mother published a book, "The Children of the Veld" (under the name "Mare Knevitt"). This inspired Daphne to try her hand at writing and she became a journalist. In 1946, she was co-winner of the Afrikaanse Pers literary prize, for a work that was eventually published as her first novel, under the title "A Grove of Fever Trees". In the meantime (1937) she had married an Australian named Irvin ("Bertie") Rooke, whom she had met while doing organizational work for the Transport Workers Union. Following the Durban riots in 1949, they left for Australia. They returned to Natal in the fifties but, disturbed by the police state mentality in South Africa, moved back to Australia in 1965. In the 1980s her work was "rediscovered" by the University of Natal, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1997. She remained in Australia until Bertie's death in 1989 when she moved to Cambridge, England, where she lived for the rest of her life.

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