394pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016
English novelist Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) spent many years in sub-Saharan Africa, initially during the First World War when he served as a medical officer in the British Army. He emigrated to South Africa after the end of the Second World War and lived in Cape Town and Montagu until his death. Between 1918 and 1952 he wrote seven novels about East Africa and South Africa, including "The Crescent Moon", "Sea Horses", "They Seek a Country", "The City of Gold" and "Pilgrim's Rest". He also published two volumes of poetry and two works of non-fiction: "Marching on Tanga" and "In South Africa".
"Frederick Hale's just and careful study of Francis Brett Young brings to our attention the work of a neglected writer whose imagination was stirred by a complex experience of Africa in the last decades of British imperialism." Anthony Eden Voss, Emeritus Professor of English, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Frederick Hale is currently Extraordinary Professor at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.