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Music of the Guns Based on Two Journals of the Boer War by Henry John May First Ed 1970

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1970 First edition. Book is in good condition and there are a couple of previous owner stamps and ex libris KVO Gunn. The dust jacket has a small tear at the top of the spine (1cm) and is quite worn but otherwise intact. there is a tear on the front cover This most unusual book about the Anglo-Boer War is based on two remarkable interlocking journals; one by Freda Schlosberg, a farmer's fourteeen-year-old daughter, and the other by James Alexander Kay, an English doctor. Freda, a convent schoolgirl when the war began vividly, portrays the comings and goings of the commandos near the Bushveld east and north-east of Pretoria. She tells of the looting and burning of farmhouses, and her descriptions of the Uitlander Korps, the Irish Brigade and the Italian dynamiters have a dynamic freshness. Dr Kay, at exactly the same time, recorded his experiences during the Siege of Ladysmith and during the occupation of Pretoria by Lord Roberts, to whose staff he was accredited as a war correspondent. Henry John May has skilfully fitted the two jounrals together in alternating chapters - and a human link between them is provided by Freda's turning to Dr Kay for news of a young British subaltern for whom she had a special liking. Whether it is read as an exciting narrative or as a fascinating contribution to history. Music of the guns is a must for every collector of Africana.
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