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Discovering the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War
AMB


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I note a new book on the Zulu War (this one by our own Ken Gillings):

Discovering the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War

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Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers (28 Nov 2013)
ISBN-10: 1920143904
ISBN-13: 978-1920143909

Publishers blurb:

Interest in KwaZulu-Natal's battlefields - especially those of the Anglo-Zulu War - has soared since the film Zulu first screened in 1964, followed by Zulu Dawn in 1979 (the centenary of the Anglo-Zulu War). During the centenary, the famous battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift were made 'tourist-friendly' by the then Natal Provincial Administration and controls were put in place by the heritage authorities to prevent relics from being plundered. Supported by effective marketing from the Battlefield Route Association and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Tourism Authority, the battlefields have become a must-see. Indeed, Rorke's Drift has become a tourist icon. Specialist battlefield guides have been trained and are considered to be among the best in the world. New hotels and lodges have been built with battlefield tourism resulting in the creation of an estimated 7,500 permanent jobs in what is termed the Battlefield Region. There are, of course, many more Anglo-Zulu War sites to be seen: Discovering the Battlefields will enable visitors to find them and to read an account that is not too lengthy yet has sufficient content to bring it to life. GPS co-ordinates will enable those wishing to undertake a journey of exploration. The book is also a useful training manual for prospective battlefield guides. Above all, however, the author shares his knowledge gleaned from over 50 years of researching the Anglo-Zulu War. He has blended first-hand accounts passed on from participants on both sides to subsequent generations with official or newly-researched information that has become available in recent years. It is written in a style that is neither technical nor dramatic, is extensively illustrated with photographs of personalities and places and includes comprehensive maps of all the battle sites.

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Martin Everett


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AMB

I hope this does not appear to be blowing my own trumpet but having been on so many battlefields with Ken's guidance and knowledge over the years - together with his enjoyable companionship - I encouraged him to use his skills to produce a Major Holt's type battlefield guide. I am sure its publication will encourage more people to learn about the deeds and encourage of those who took part in AZW. Well done, Ken

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Chris


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This would be great news IF the publisher got copies into the bookshops.

I have visited all the bookshops in this part of the country and have yet to find a copy ?

No idea what the hold up is -- NOW is the time to have your book on the shelves in the public eye.

I do already have this years Couzens and van der Heyde battlefield books.
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Mark Hobson


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I think the publishing date has been put back a month. It's now scheduled for 28th December. The publishing world works in a strange way - as you say, this time of year is ideal if they are hoping for good sales.
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Discovering the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War
Dewi Evans


Joined: 31 Aug 2005
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Does anyone have any further information regarding the availability of this book?

On Amazon it now states:
"Discovering the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War [Paperback]
Ken Gillings (Author)

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."


Regards,

Dewi.

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Harold Raugh


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Alan
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Ken Gillings has said that unfortunately, the book will not be available here
for a further 3 or 4 months. He has promised to keep us updated.

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Dewi Evans


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Thank you very much gentlemen.

Regards,

Dewi.

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Robert John


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Just received this book from Kalahari. Brilliant. A shame that some of the photos are not as clear as one would have liked but on the whole well worth forking out for it. It took 10 days to arrive from S.A.

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Dewi Evans


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Hi Harold,

Thank you, I took your advice and purchased my copy from Kalahari.com which I received yesterday.
I must agree with Robert John as regards the quality of the photos, perhaps the book would have benefited from being in a larger format with a bit more colour to author's own photographs of the battlefields. Nevertheless well worth the purchase.

Dewi Very Happy

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Ken Gillings


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Good evening fellow members of the Forum. I have been advised by 30 Degrees South that the first consignment will be route to the UK and USA shortly. Thanks for being so patient! Regards, Ken

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