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Into Africa

Why would I write about Africa?

For many generations my family served the Crown in far flung outposts throughout Africa.
My grandfather mapped the tsetse fly belt in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and chased German soldiers during WWI who slipped into the country from what was then North-West Africa, now Namibia. He was later appointed to the Committee that recommended the banishment of Botswana’s Chief Seretse Khama – the grandson of my great-grandfather’s friend, Chief Khama III.
My Uncle was a District Officer in Tanganyika when he was trampled to death by an elephant.
And my father organised Lesotho’s Independence Celebrations before he was secretary to the first democratically elected Prime Minister of that country, Leabua Jonathan.
Twelve years of working closely with my father on the family’s memoirs has provided a wealth of material for my stories of Africa.
Add to that the bush pilot husband I acquired in Botswana while managing a luxury safari lodge there, and I have the ingredients for a series of romantic suspense novels set in Botswana and Lesotho between the 1950s and the early 1990s, featuring – of course - an aviation hero.

Diamond Mountain set in Lesotho in 1962 against a backdrop of medicine murder and illegal diamond buying, is about to go on pre-order. If you want to hear updates on that, and my work in progress ‘1989’ (working title) about an Ansett pilot forced by the Pilot’s Dispute to fly Cessna 206s in the Okavango where he is embroiled in a mystery surrounding a twenty-year old hunting accident – then you can sign up to my newsletter here.

Okavango Angel

My Okavango-set novella, Christmas Angel was inspired by my time at Mombo, however in this instance I’ve called the Camp Momba in the stories. It’s about an Aussie girl who falls in love with a game ranger and I’ve based it on how I remember life helping to manage a luxury safari lodge in the early 1990s.
More details HERE
It’s available in ebook only here: https://books2read.com/u/barwpa

Diamond Mountain

Lesotho, an African mountain kingdom in the final years of Colonial Administration, 1962. Philippa Tremain, the beautiful but rebellious District Commissioner's daughter, has set her sights on a glittering marriage to the son of one of Cape Town’s prominent legal families.
More Details HERE
[Coming May 2021]


The Memoirs of Spencer "Ted" Nettelton

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GROWING UP IN BOTSWANA IN THE 1930S AND 40S

Spencer 'Ted' Nettelton grew up in Botswana during the 1930s and 40s when herds of wildebeest stretched across the horizon ... Read More

WORKING IN THE COLONIAL SERVICE IN LESOTHO

During the 1960s, Lesotho gained its independence and the Basotho people elected their first Prime Minister. In Volume II of his memoirs .... Read More

ADVENTURES IN BOTSWANA

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