| SERETSE & RUTH|
by Wilf & Trish Mbanga
The true story of two courageous people whose love triumphed over treachery, prejudice and politics.
When the young Seretse Khama, heir to the kingdom of the Bamangwato, was sent by his uncles to read law at Oxford in 1945, no one could foresee that he would fall in love with an English woman - and plunge Bechuanaland (now Botswana) into deep crisis.
In Seretse & Ruth the authors, both journalists, draw on recently released documentation and interviews to tell this astonishing story. They graphically document the birth of an African democracy, the early days of London tabloid journalism - and a political scandal implicating both the British and apartheid South Africa.
Great love stories usually reveal the nobility of the human spirit. This tale does exactly that and we who read this account have reason to be grateful to Wilf and Trish Mbanga for sharing their own particular insight into a moving and memorable story. Alexander McCall Smith