Ian Hassall’s New Book ‘Hamba Gashle’ Reveals the Inside Story of White Society in Colonial Southern Africa Ian Hassall’s edgy memoir describes his childhood in the Rhodesias, and then University in South Africa, between 1951 and 1970. It provides a vivid and disturbing depiction of childhood and family life set against racial exploitation, political change and the disintegration of his white community.
The 1950s and 1960s were a turbulent time in central and southern Africa. Ian Hassall’s troubled childhood is set against the implosion of white rule. Hamba Gashle paints a rich and informative picture of this period, honest, critical and unflattering, attacking its racism. Key historical events are interwoven with the youthful narrator’s preoccupations, adventures, sexual encounters and daydreams, sometimes hilariously. more >