The Governor's Wife - David UnwinMichael Joseph, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine and rubbing at the top corners. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “HERE is a novel as topical as it is ambitious, for David Unwin’s theme is Africa, the whole imbroglio — racial, political, cultural — of Africa today.
Sebastian Pole, a young Englishman employed by a financial Trust, flies out to the British Colonial Protectorate of Banda-land to report upon the Nwambe Desert Irrigation Project; a scheme that is to make the desert smile — and provide food and land for thousands of Africans. Opinion, he finds when he arrives, is sharply divided. Only the far-sighted, idealistic few favour the Project which, politically, is many years in advance of its time. Pole does his best to stay detached and remain an impartial observer, but events draw him in and he finds himself walking the precarious tightrope between white and black. Both in the “black-man’s paradise” of the Protectorate and over the border in the neighbouring “white” Republic of Equatoria, he is involved in a human tragedy of intolerance, racial pride and fear.
Brilliantly characterised are the well-intentioned ‘Fabian’ English administrators, the white men determined to keep the African in his place, the Africans prepared to collaborate with the British in the fundamental work of health and education, and Africans who repudiate the white man and his ways with such intensity that they are ready to turn to sinister organisations and beliefs such as those of Mau Mau.
The Governor’s Wife is a novel of action and intrigue, a tragic story of a tragic continent which is brought home to us with great vividness in all its heat, splendour, squalor and complexity.”