Title: Under the Marula Tree
Author: James Gardener
Size: 210mm x 148mm, 76 pages
ISBN: 978-1-920094-06-5 (print)
ebook – available soon.
Botswana in the early 1990’s. It’s a land of impossibly high skies, searing drought and extraordinary dreams. It’s a people thirsty for education and yet instinctively wary of change. It’s the arid home to over a million souls, two of the richest diamond holes on earth, a cavalcade of desert wildlife and a small, ragged tribe of expatriate teachers. It’s the land of Seretse Khama and Precious Ramotswe.
James Gardener writes endearingly about his time and experiences in this place. His voice is full of wonder, longing and love for the free, clear space he finds under his marula tree. He populates his hard landscapes with his own gentle cast of characters – Kugwe, Mma Kgopane, Cornelius Swanepoel and Victor Matumbe.
About the Author: In January 1991 my wife and I both moved to Molepolole village and lived there for four years. During this time we got married, taught at several different institutions and grew to love our harsh but richly nuanced and wonderfully resilient environment at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. I was still in self-imposed exile from a South Africa gripped by the constitutional death throes of apartheid. The Kalahari offered me solace, reflection and time and space in which to write the short pieces collected here
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