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Daisy's Daughter: Our Lives for Africa Paperback – October 18, 2017
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About the Author
‘Daisy’s Daughter, Our Lives for Africa’, a self-published autobiography, is author, Heather Rooken-Smith’s first book. She will celebrate her 84th birthday in November 2017 and lives with her son Keith and his wife Mary at their guest Lodge in the far north of Namibia alongside the mighty Zambezi River. Caprivi River Lodge is a tranquil haven of thatched cottages set under a canopy of shady trees and surrounded by lush green lawns and flora with an abundance of bird-life, hippo, crocodile and vervet monkeys. Heather has come to think of the monkeys as the ‘Little People’. The internet keeps Heather connected to her readers, family and friends around the world as she relaxes on the Lodge's verandah, writing and answering mail with Africa’s comforting sounds around her – cicadas, the call of the African Fish Eagle, chattering vervet monkeys at play and hippo splashing and snorting in the Zambezi as it passes on its aeons-old 2,574 km flow to the Indian Ocean. Heather's parents, Lionel Carol and Daisy, instilled in her an appreciation of books and knowledge. She's been an avid reader since childhood, loves poetry, history and geography, and keeps abreast of world news and sporting events - tennis is a firm favourite. Her other interests include fine embroidery, music, and photography, though when she was younger Heather was a keen gardener as she followed in Daisy’s footsteps.
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` Heather is a child of Africa She has experienced Africa as it has changed from being under the rule of colonial powers to becoming independent self governing countries. Her story is a heart felt account of the time of transition to independence in Kenya, Angola and South West Africa. For white people, many of whom had lived for generations in Africa, the change was difficult and presented them with huge challenges in their daily lives, their values, and their sense of status and security. Heather’s optimism and love for her family, the people and animals of Africa saw her through many difficulties during this period of turmoil. Her respect and genuine caring for them gained her in turn their love and respect. She suffered through many challenges in her personal life until at last she found peace and security living in a cottage on the banks of the great Zambezi River in the heart of Africa. The book is full of delightful anecdotes about the animals and people she cared for. My favourite was the story of Tootsie Wootsie, the porcupine who returned with her two babies after having disappeared for a year and a half. This book gives the reader a vivid account of how rich life can be for a child growing up in Africa Congratulations on an excellent book.