The Fifty First Gamble (A brief excerpt from the novel.)

The novel is based loosely on our family’s experience in Southern Rhodesia, but the novel is set in the fictitious town of Umzimtuti. Rhodesian, Ronald Leavis, prefaced his book Hippodile with the following statement “The characters in this book are purely imaginary. Any of my friends or enemies who resemble them have only themselves to blame.”

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The Goings On at the Bottom of our Garden

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The Goings On at the Bottom of our Garden
October was ‘suicide month’. The heat and the glare without a breath reverberated with the shrill of cicadas, emanating not from their throats but from the rasp of the membranes on the underside of their tummies, so Mommy said. We thought nothing of it. Relief came in the pool where we made friends with the big frogs and their mates who laid globs of eggs in the night that looked remarkably like the pudding we were regularly served by the custard cupful.

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