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Beyond the Malachite Hills
A Life of Colonial Service and Business in the New Africa
What hope is there for Africa? Since the heady and hopeful days of decolonisation the story seems to be one of unrelenting disaster - revolution; brutal military dictatorship; ethnic conflict - even genocide; civil war; state-threatening corruption; economic failure; and, in places, the complete breakdown of state and society. And all has been compounded by natural disasters - drought, famine and the scourge of AIDS. But there is another, less reported, story of Africa: throwing off the colonial past, embracing modernity, learning fast, gaining in pride and self-confidence and embracing the crucial management function; all this in the context of fruitful collaboration with Europe and American business and,increasingly, with the rising Asian economic superpowers. Jonathan Lawley's Beyond the Malachite Hills paints a vivid and convincing picture of solid political, social and economic progress. Beyond the Malachite Hills is a remarkable testament to his long-lasting and profound involvement with this often misunderstood continent.
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Beyond the Malachite Hills deserves to become a classic of its genre: a poignant, evocative, nostalgic account of a remarkable career that was dominated by Africa.' Michael Holman, former Africa Editor, Financial Times 'Jonathan Lawley paints a vivid and convincing picture of solid political, economic and social progress.' Africa Confidential 'For anyone interested in Africa, its recent history and its future, Beyond the Malachite Hills is a must.' Lord Luce 'Most came to love their adopted continent. Some can write. Two of these are Jonathan Lawley and John Hare. Each has an incredible tale to tell. Here is a pair of books that, placed with a decanter of whisky on the bedside table of any Spectator reader's guest bedroom, will have the reading-light burning late into the night - Lawley has an optimistic story to tell here; but this reviewer loved best his tales, told more in the workaday prose of a Wilfred Thesiger than the poetry of a romantic, of a young bachelor bashing his lonely way through bush hardly trodden by whites since David Livingstone passed by, trying to keep in repair a vast and overstretched net of fairly nominal administration, his authority sustained by little more than bravado; and determinedly acculturating himself to the life and language of the people he oversaw.' - Matthew Parris, The Spectator, 11th May 2013