Immersing In Colonial Adventure and Other Stories

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H. Ann Ackroyd’s new book to be featured at this year’s California School Library Book Exhibit.

From author H. Ann Ackroyd comes a memorable anthology that will rivet readers from beginning to end. As they immerse in Colonial Adventure and Other Stories, they will discover an epic in free-form verse depicting a slice of British colonial history (1936 - 1977) as experienced by individuals on both sides of the racial conflict.

The first story in Colonial Adventure and Other Stories, “Colonial Adventure” starts with a British couple who establish a large commercial agricultural operation in what was then Southern Rhodesia, later Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe. With the rise of black nationalism, the large black majority rebels, leading to a brutal civil war that damages every segment of the population.

As readers immerse in this anthology, they will uncover other shorter stories, all in free-form verse; one concerns a Haitian architect, one a retired actor; and in another, a boy abandoned by his mother. A further poem addresses an over-reaction in the climate of fear about Islam and yet another, an outrage against a young girl seeking to free herself of family domination. Simba Kubwa is a dramatic monologue conducted by an African dictator.

Colonial Adventure and Other Stories w will be featured at the California School Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, CA on November 11-14, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
H. Ann Ackroyd was born and raised in southern Africa before moving to Europe as a teenager. Later she and her husband lived a number of years in Brazil before finally settling in Canada on the shores of Lake Erie.

Colonial Adventure and Other Stories * by H. Ann Ackroyd
Publication Date: April 8, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 154 pages; 978-1-4568-8137-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 154 pages; 978-1-4568-8138-2
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-8139-9

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