Glint of Spears - Anthony Lejeune [Edward Anthony Thompson]London: Macdonald, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper age-toned and spotted on the verso. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Do you remember Paul Buckley, the V.C. who became a missionary and went out to the Congo? He’s missing, and they think the whole mission station may have been wiped out. Could you flip up there and have a look?
The Foreign Editor’s cheerful voice crackled ominously through the troubled air between snowbound Fleet Street and the bright sunshine of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, where Andrew Marsden took his call with a sinking heart. For Buckley’s mission station was at Bakavu, north of Katanga, in an area now given over to bloodshed, violence and, from all accounts, a resurgence of cannibalism.
It was not Andrew’s sort of job at all, but a few hours later he was heading north in Pete Malan’s little plane on his way to an adventure of the nineteen-sixties as desperate and perilous as any in the pages of Rider Haggard.
For it proved easy enough to reach Bakavu. The difficulty lay in getting out again…
Nothing one could write about the post-independence Congo, says Mr. Lejeune, who himself visited Katanga in 1961, could be more strange and horrifying than the reality. But beneath the tragedy of a nation — if you can call the Congo a nation — lie a thousand stories of individual terror and courage. This is one such story.”