The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 67



BOOKS
CLASSIC CORNER
Eden Lost,
And Regained
Angolsh: Scenes
From An Army Camp
Trouble In
Sicilian Waters
7 Key Qualities of
Effective Teachers
by Greg Latter; edited by
Robert Plummer (1986G)
Penguin Random House
by John Hutchings (1957F)
Kindle edition
by Robin Cox (1971G)
Wipf and Stock Publishers
The novels of
Canadian-based
research astronomer
John Hutchings (this
is his seventh) are
testament to his
passion for travel,
their setting ranging
from southern Europe
to remote areas of South
America and India.
His tales are about
“ordinary people
who get involved in
adventures beyond
normal experience”,
he says. In this book,
four friends crewing a
yacht for the summer
encounter unexpected
complications as
they make their
way towards Sicily.
Finding themselves
in danger and not
knowing who to trust,
they have to make their
own decisions when
faced with organised
crime and the interest
of various police forces,
whose true motives
are unclear.
A lifetime in education
and mentorship was
the inspiration for
Cox to write this book.
“I wanted to write a
user-friendly book,
containing proven
teaching strategies,
and true stories from
my own teaching career
and that of former
colleagues,” he says. “It’s
a summary of lessons
learnt during my 40-plus
years as an educator,
based on reminiscences
of my own time at
Bishops, where so many
seeds were planted by
wonderful teachers,
who later became
mentors and lifelong
friends.” (See p41.)
In the words of our
veteran editor Robert
Plummer, “Angolsh is a
Border War book with
a difference. It’s not
a bird’s-eye military
history or a gung-ho
autobiographical
account. It’s a short
memoir by Greg Latter
about a three-month
camp in Angola in 1976,
in which very little
happened apart from
the time he mistakenly
shot at one of the
SADF’s own vehicles
when on guard duty.
The book is about bad
food and contraband
dagga, rumours and
confusion, stubborn
dirt and stifling heat,
and a young man
growing up. Greg
is a screenwriter, so
his dialogue is pitchperfect and hilarious.
Not recommended
for anyone wanting
to read a heroic
soldier’s story.”
“The wealth and variety of
information is clearly and
simply presented to assist
and empower teachers
everywhere, both young
and experienced.”
– EL Huggett, former
deputy principal of
St Mary’s, Johannesburg
by AP Cartwright;
new foreword by Tim
Cartwright (1958W)
Footprint Press (reissue)
Enforced temporary
retirement from the
editorship of the Rand
Daily Mail in 1957 gave
AP Cartwright the time
to write Spoor of Blood,
now reissued as Eden
Lost, And Regained. The
book was a tribute
to the men who
saved South Africa’s
decimated wildlife
by establishing the
modern-day Kruger
National Park, under
its first warden, James
Stevenson Hamilton.
Cartwright describes
the task faced in
taming what had until
then been a hunting
free-for-all. Ironically,
many of the threats to
the park that existed
then (mining, farming,
water extraction,
poaching) still exist now.
“Cartwright’s ability to
make a serious subject
interesting is very much
in evidence.”
– David Hilton-Barber,
author and publisher
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