London, 1945: the heir apparent to the kingship of Bechuanaland (later Botswana) arrives in Britain to complete his legal studies. Seretse Khama, an urbane 24-year-old, educated like Mandela at Fort Hare, is welcomed into the elite world of the Inner Temple in London. But then, in 1947, he does something that will change the course of his life, and that of his country, forcing him into to six long years of exile: he falls in love with a white British woman, Ruth Williams.
Drawing on a mass of previously classified records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story - an astonishing account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. This is a shocking account of a shameful period in British history: of overt racism on the streets of London and the corridors of Whitehall, and of appeasement to apartheid South Africa. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage and true love, as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people overcome prejudice in their fight for justice.
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I bought my copy of "Colour Bar" after seeing the movie on which it was based, "A United Kingdom". The book very clearly fleshed out the details of the "Seretse Karma Affair', described in the movie. It gives the reader a thorough understanding of a shabby episode in British history and of the very human struggle of Ruth and Seretse Karma and of the genesis of a new country, Botswana. I found it hard to put down and will read it again .
A fascinating history of the interracial love between Seretse Khama and his English wife Ruth, and the key role it played in determining Botswana's history from the 1940s to 1960s. I bought this after watching "A United Kingdom" and even though I knew much of the story I couldn't put it down. A must read if you want to have an insight into the history of one of the most successful African nations!
A story of forgiveness and healing ... as relevant today as when the whole drama was being played out -- Alexander McCall Smith A gripping, heroic and darkly comic story of fading imperium Sunday Times Elegantly written ... Williams has done a masterly job Guardian An inspiring story ... [an] excellent and shaming book Literary Review Wonderful ... Deeply researched and grippingly written Independent A splendid book Spectator A pacy but judicious writer ... her portrait of a love affair exposes the madness of the racial bar more effectively than a thousand anti-apartheid pamphlets' Tablet A hugely readable book. I couldn't put it down Saturday Independent As exciting as any detective story Art Beat A fantastic love story of modern times, one that is almost Shakespearian in its drama, intrigue and pathos Tonight
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 27th October 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Media tie-in