LOST ON THE MAP, a memoir of colonial illusions

: Rostron (B.)

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296pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2022

 

South Africa journalist and writer Bryan Rostron on coming to terms with his family's colonial legacy.

One of his ancestors "discovered" Tahiti in 1767. One grandfather was editor of the Sunday Times and the Rand Daily Mail, promoting the interests of the Randlords. His other grandfather worked for the Communist Party and printed revolutionary pamphlets for the 1922 Rand Revolt. His father managed the South African boxing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where their star boxer, Robey Leibbrandt, was recruited by the Nazis.

"One of the best memoirs ever to come out of South Africa" Christopher Hope

Bryan Rostron has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, the London Sunday Times and the New Statesman, as well as writing columns for the British political weekly Tribune and the magazine Private Eye. He is the author of five previous books, including Robert McBride, the struggle continues and the novels My Shadow and Black Petals. He lives in Cape Town.