The book has a rather long bibliography including works on the psychology and sociology of memory, postcolonial theory and the history of Northern Rhodesia. Gradually I’ll work through saying what I feel is important about the major sources. There is also a growing number of memoirs and autobiographies and a few novels by former Northern Rhodesians.
I’ve not previously written on a subject that chimed with my own life but , although I occasionally appear in it, Remnants of Empire is emphatically not my autobiography. I’m not as brave as the people who put their life up for scrutiny and take the time to write from their unique points of view. Here is a list of those I used, gradually I’ll summarise their content. I’ll keep updating the list as new books appear. (If you hear of one coming out, it would be great if you’d drop me a line via the contact section)
Memoirs are a strange phenomenon. They aren’t strictly “history”, they aren’t invariably well written and often they could benefit from a good pruning, but they always give a valuable insight to a lived world, even though that world may not be shared by many others. Memoir writers are generous in making their lives available, but it is unavoidable that there is at least a tiny twinge of vanity – people don’t embark upon writing their memoirs unless they believe that their lives are interesting. The “interesting lives” filter means that only certain kinds of people settle down to writing books about themselves and in the case of Northern Rhodesia/Zambia there are more books by District Officers than Copper Miners and more about life in the bush than along the line of rail. I’m delighted that increasingly people are also writing about their lives after leaving NR/Z – here Jonathan Lawley, Neville Isdell, Basil O’Connell-Jones and Maureen & Michael Harbott stand out.
Arrigoni, H. (1998) British Colonialism: 30 years Serving Democracy or Hypocrisy? Bideford, Devon: Edward Gaskell Publishers.
Barnes, S. (1986) Phil Edmonds: A singular man. London: The Kingswood Press.
Bennett, F. (2006) Under and African Sun: Memoirs of a Colonial Officer in Northern Rhodesia. London: The Radcliffe Press.
Bishop, D Goodbye Africa EloquentBooks. Kindle Edition.
Boyd, R. (1996) A Colonial Odyssey. Ringwood, Hants: Navigator Books.
Bradley, E. (1950) Dearest Priscilla: Letters to the wife of a colonial civil servant London: Max Parish. (not strictly a memoir)
Bradley, K. (1943) The Diary of a District Officer. London: Thomas Nelson & Son.
Bradley, K. (1966) Once a District Officer. New York: St Martin’s Press.
Bruce, A. (2008) The Consequence of Memory. Salt Spring Island, BC: Glendambo Publishing.
Carr, B. (1963) Not for me the Wilds. London: Baily Bros & Swinfen.
Charlton, L (1969) Spark in the Stubble: Colin Morris of Zambia. London: Epworth Press.
Coe, D. & Greenall, E. (2003) Kaunda’s Gaoler: the memoirs of a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia & Zambia London, New York: The Radcliffe Press.
Conrad, K. (2010) In the Shadow of the Tokolosh. Chelmsford, Essex: Silverling.
Courtenay, B. (1989) The Power of one. London: Penguin Books.
Dorman, T. (1993) An African Experience: An education officer in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). London: The Radcliffe press.
Evans, E. (2013) An African Story. Kindle. Independently published.
Fuller, A. (2003) Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight: An African childhood. London: Picador.
Fuller, A. (2012) Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness. London: Simon & Schuster.
Gardam, J. (2005) Old Filth. London: Abacus.
Godwin, P. (1997) Mukiwa: A white boy in Africa. London: Picador.
Godwin, P (2007) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun. London: Picador.
Gornall, J. (2008) No Better Life: The Experiences of a Police Officer in Central Africa. Nelson, NZ: The Copy Press.
Harbott, M. & M. (2012) Our Fine Romance: An autobiography. Victoria BC: M&M Productions.
Hassell, I. (2013) Hamba Gashle. Ebookit.com Kindle Edition.
Herbert, E. (2002) Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hitchcock, B. (1974) Bwana – Go Home. London: Robert Hale.
Hudson, J. (1999) A Time to Mourn: A personal account of the 1964 Lumpa Church Revolt in Zambia. Lusaka: Bookworld Publishers.
Isdell, N. & Beasley, D. (2011) Inside Coca-Cola: A CEO’s life story of building the world’s most popular brand. New York: St Martin’s Press.
Keith, G. (1966) The Fading Colour Bar. London: Robert Hale. (Not strictly an autobiography.)
Lamb, C. (1999) The Africa House. London: Viking, Penguin Books.
Lawley, J. (2010) Beyond the Malachite Hills: A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa. London: I.B.Tauris.
Lloyd, J. (2013) The Bundu, the Beat and Beyond. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.
Mackinson, I. (2003) Footsteps in the Dust. Nursling, Hampshire. Privately published
Mayoss, R. (1995) A Taste for dust. London: Minerva Press.
Maxwell, M. (2000) Land of the Long Grass. Weltevredenpark SA: Covos Day Books.
Morris, C. (1961) The Hour after Midnight: A missionary’s experiences of the racial and political struggle in Northern Rhodesia. London: Longmans.
Morris, C. (1969) Unyoung, Uncoloured, Unpoor. London: Epworth Press.
Morris, K. (2000) A Zambian Odyssey 1958-1998. UK. Privately Published.
Morrish, J. (2011) A Decade in Africa. Eastbourne, UK: Pearl Press.
O’Connell-Jones, B (2008) Amazing Grace. Hillcrest SA. Grace Gospel Church.
Parkyn, A. (2012) Roses under the Miombo Trees: An English girl in Rhodesia. Beauchamp, Leicestershire: Matador.
Pitchford, J. (2013) The Last District Officer. Kinloss, Moray: Librario Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Prain, R. (1981) Reflections on an Era: Fifty Years of Mining in Changing Africa. The Autobiography of Sir Ronald Prain. Letchworth, Surrey. Metal Bulletin Books.
Rukavina, K. (1951) Jungle Pathfinder: The Biography of Chirupula Stephenson. London: Hutchinson.
Sadler, E. (2013) My Life: A story of my life in letters. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Kindle Edition.
Salmon, D. (2009) Letters from Africa. Privately published, no publication place given.
Salmon, D. (2012) Letters from Africa. Volume 2. Privately published, no publication place given.
Salmon, D (2014) ) Letters from Africa. Volume 3. Privately published, no publication place given.
Sampson, R. (2002) With Sword and Chain in Lusaka: A Londoner’s life in Zambia 1948-1972. Victoria BC: Trafford.
Sardanis, A. (2003) Africa, Another Side of the Coin: Northern Rhodesia’s final years and Zambia’s nationhood. London: I.B. Tauris.
Schofield, S. (ed.) (1993) The Donas Remember. Privately Published. Kindle Edition.
Short, R. (1973) African Sunset. London: Johnson.
Smith, L. (2009) Returning to Myself. Durban, KwaZulu: Fish Eagle Books.
Snelson, P. (1992) To Independence and Beyond: Memoirs of a Colonial and Commonwealth Civil Servant. London: The Radcliffe Press
Stevens, P. (2012) White Bird Under the Sun. Privately Published.
Taylor, S. (2000) Livingstone’s Tribe: A journey from Zanzibar to the Cape. London: Flamingo.
Temple, M. (1991) New hope for Africa: With a bicycle from Nairobi to Kariba. Reading, UK: Taurus.
Temple, M. (eds R. Quine & R. Lubett) (2010) Zambia Stole my Heart. London: Millipede Books.
Zukas, S. (2002) Into Exile and back. Lusaka: Bookworld Publishers.
Zulu, A. (2007) Memoirs of Alexander Grey Zulu. Lusaka: Times of Zambia Publishing.