Author Celebrates Sierra Leone’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary

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Sierra Leone was granted full status as an Independent member country of the British Commonwealth on 26th of April 1961. Today, author Winston Forde takes the opportunity to encapsulate in a semi-fictional trilogy some random thoughts about the pre-Independent Sierra Leone in Reflections on Our Independence, made available through Xlibris.

Written to capture some of the Colonial culture of Sierra Leone, Reflections on Our Independence is composed of three stories. The first story, “Then came the Wind”, talks of Colonial days blowing across the British Empire. The second story, “A Hiding to Nothing”, is based on the experience of a typical couple who had emigrated overseas, at first ostensibly to undergo tertiary training at University, and then return home, who ultimately became part of the long term ‘brain drain’ generating a Diaspora of growing proportions. The final story “The Four Picaninnies” has no significance other the ‘good old days’ in the Colony area of Freetown. The quality of life was such that daily hardship, and toil did not dominate such experience, and people including the children could have a fun life.

This book will be featured at the 2011 London Book Fair in London, England, on April 11-13, 2011. Reflections on Our Independence is available in trade paperback, trade hardback, and eBook formats. For more information, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Squadron Leader Winston Forde RAF Ret’d was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was educated at the Prince of Wales school, and later trained as a Flight Cadet at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. However, he could not pursue full pilot training for medical reasons, and was commissioned on Dec 18, 1962 as a pilot officer in the Admin (Sec) Branch. He retired from Regular service in 1994, and as a Squadron Leader in the RAF Reserve worked with cadets of the Air Training Corps as the Wing Executive Officer Headquarters Surrey Wing ATC until February 2010. He is the author of two children’s books, Air Force Cadet and The Runaway.

Reflections on Our Independence * by Winston Forde
Publication Date: November 29, 2010
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 305 pages; 978-1-4535-9946-4
eBook; £9.99; 978-1-4535-9947-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at +0800-644-6988. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call +0800-644-6988.

For more information, contact Xlibris at +0800-644-6988 or on the web at

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