James Lang Brown launches Uganda Diary – 11 February 2012
We were delighted to welcome James Lang Brown to Hunting Raven Books. Despite the freezing conditions James attracted customers who were eager to meet him and have their copies of Uganda Diary signed!
James writes a fascinating account of his life as a forester in Africa.
On leaving college in 1955 James Lang Brown went out by sea to East Africa to join the Uganda Forest Department. Uganda was then a peaceful country, run by kings and chiefs, and indirectly by the British. Unknown to the young recruits, this happy state had only ten more years to run before the chaos and cruelty of Idi Amin’s dictatorship.
This fascinating book tells of the author’s introduction to life and work in Africa, and of the support from his African staff. There are accounts of eccentric missionaries, miners, planters and white hunters. One can feel the pride in being able to help a beloved country to build a forest estate for a prosperous future.
Uganda Diary is a valuable account of the Commonwealth at a turbulent time, from the Kabaka’s return from exile in 1955, through the threatened Baganda uprising of 1961 and the army mutiny of 1964, to the crumbling of medical services and the police. Hindsight poses the question “Were we right to leave then?” and this book examines both answers.
The book is brought vividly to life by 200 of the author’s excellent photographs of work,
expeditions, people and landscape in an Africa now changed forever.
We have some signed copies of Uganda Diary in the shop for those who missed the signing.