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Death in the Cape – the lonely fate of Mary Kingsley

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War Sarah Lefanu

Hurst, pp.357, £25

What compelled three well-known British writers to leave their homes and travel 6,000 miles to participate in a nasty late-19th-century conflict in the far-off South African veldt? This question lies at the heart of Sarah Lefanu’s excellent analysis of how Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Kingsley found themselves following the flag in Britain’s last great imperial war.

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