Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'cape-To-Cairo' Grogan

Paice Edward

An African Younghusband - the compelling life of a great adventurer.

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An African Younghusband - the compelling life of a great adventurer.

Ewart Grogan, 'the baddest and boldest of a bad bold gang' of settlers in Kenya, was one of the most brilliant and controversial figures of African colonial history.

When he proposed to a young heiress, Gertrude Coleman, he needed to prove himself a 'somebody' to her father in order to win her hand. He did so in inimitable style, announcing that he intended to accomplish the first south-to-north traverse of Africa. In 1900, after two years of illness and extreme hardship, he arrived triumphantly in Cairo.

He became an instant celebrity, and, on returning to England, at last married Gertrude. Now with a considerable fortune at his disposal, after a short but successful spell in South Africa he arrived in British East Africa. He quickly became a leader among the settlers, and embarked on a lifetime of grand projects, forced through despite government inertia, enormous natural obstacles and the looming threat of bankruptcy. Time after time he proved the doubters wrong, as he pulled off the seemingly impossible. Despite this frenetic activity, and despite his love for Gertrude, he still managed to find the time to run two separate families and father numerous children by various mothers.

The abrasive and glamorous Grogan, with Delamere, was one of the founding fathers of Kenya - 'Lost Lion of Empire' is a brilliant and powerful account both of the life of an exceptional man and the birth of a country.

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Publisher HarperCollins
ISBN-10 0006530737
ISBN-13 9780006530732
GTIN-13 9780006530732
GTIN-14 09780006530732
Series Life of Ewart Grogan Dso (1876-1976)
Author Paice Edward
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 496
Publication Date Feb 3, 2002
Dimension 5 in 8 in 1.27 in