Sarah LeFanu

Sarah LeFanu

Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War

FoI at Waterstones/
Thu 20 February 2020

Sarah LeFanu

Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War

Sarah LeFanu
Thu 20 February 2020,

In early 1900, the paths of three British writers – Rudyard Kipling, Mary Kingsley and Arthur Conan Doyle – crossed in South Africa during the first few months of the Anglo-Boer War. Sarah LeFanu compellingly opens an unexplored chapter of these writers’ lives at a turning point for Britain and its imperial ambitions, and enriches her narrative with a range of voices from within South Africa. How did this crucial period shape the cultural legacies of these writers, their shifting reputations and their influence on colonial policy?

A brilliantly insightful, very moving examination of three writers on the battlefield. LeFanu reveals each of her subjects to be engaged in his or her own private war, at the same time as they participated in the war that came to define the cruelty and confusion of the British Empire.

– Lara Feigel, author of The Bitter Taste of Victory and Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing

This special book launch of Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War includes a free glass of wine for ticket holders.

Image credit: Jefferson Studios

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