Golden Cub

Golden Cub


  • Author: Rosemarie Gilchrist
  • Publisher: Pen Press
  • Publish Date: 2011
  • ISBN: 978 1 907499 72 2
  • Price: 9.99

Review By : Dr A W Greaves

As a published author of WW1 and Zulu history, I rarely read fiction relating to the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. I invariably find imagined speech, human behaviour and emotions of the period at odds with historical events. However, as I also started my own writing careeer by writing a fictional account of events in 1879, I appreciate the effort of such writers, even if I don't like what most of them pretend. Golden Cub is the exception, At an early stage of reading the book I felt the author had an unusual gift of relating historical events to her story - which is largely based on fact and the author's own family history. It was initially difficult for me to accept a story of an orphaned white boy being brought up by Zulus but nothing is impossible. After all, John Dunn was a feral child in Zululand and his regular playmate was Charles Harford - both went on to become famous figures from the Zulu War. The style of the author's writing is consistent with good imagination blended with a sound knowledge of the subject. I found the characters credible which made the book a compelling read, and difficult to put down until I reached the final page. If you are intrigued by the Zulu War and you like novels, this book is a must.

Saturday 20th of August 2011 06:51:20 PM