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.