But I digress

A whirlwind trip through Africa in the 1950’s and 1960’s with snippets of history and larger-than-life characters.

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About the Book

The name ‘Pietermaritzburg’ is quite a mouthful.

I discovered many years later that having a long-winded birth place can have adverse consequences. Thus, all over Southern Africa, in dusty, decaying buildings, small papers certify that my birth place is “Bam”, a fictitious village with a very short name … But, I digress! 

For the rest of this story and many others that will inform you, make you laugh until tears run down your cheeks, or make you reflect on your own past, add this page-turner to the top of your reading list.

A delightful combination of autobiography, history, travel writing and humour, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. 

About the Author

Fergus Macleod was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1952, the second of four siblings.

When he was six years old his father, Ken, joined a consulting firm and a period of frequent moving followed as Ken’s career took him to several towns in southern Africa and to Sierra Leone in West Africa.

The family eventually settled in Johannesburg and Fergus attended Parktown Boys’ High. After completing his national service in 1969, he attended Natal University in Durban where he acquired a B.Com before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. A corporate career followed. Fergus retired in 2016.

Fergus is an avid squash player and a woeful golfer. He is married to Christine and they have three adult children, Lara, Ian and Caitlin.

Reader Reviews

Using the remarkable thread of his early years growing up in Africa and attending thirteen primary schools from Ficksburg in the Free State to Sierra Leone in West Africa, Macleod weaves together a fascinating Brysonesque tapestry of visionaries, missionaries and villains.

Gordon Muller

Fergus Macleod has captured the raw essence of Africa in an epic adventure seen through the eyes of a wiry-limbed, big-eared kid.

Professor Lyal White