Man Proposes—Rose Disposes

Life, Love and Other Misadventures.

by Rosemary Mason

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 18/05/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 458
ISBN : 9781504312882

About the Book

This is a highly entertaining memoir of a somewhat colourful character dispatching husbands, lovers, murderers, and maniacs in various ways and shooting a rapist in the groin, surviving to the age of ninety-one to write the story of her family’s arrival in Rhodesia and their survival through a terrorist war. In 1980 Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, and the total collapse of the economy began. By the year 2000, most of the Europeans, including all her family, had died or left the country, and Rose was alone in her house with a pistol for protection, fighting off intruders best she could, finally leaving Zimbabwe to live in Australia with her daughters. Taking what she could fit in her car and the maximum holiday allowance, she skipped the country for good. Stripped of all her life’s savings in Zimbabwe by the collapse of the economy, she considers herself lucky to be alive to tell the tale. The details of some of those encounters are extremely funny.

About the Author

Rosemary Mason was born in Rhodesia in 1926. As they moved from place to place, she went to Penhalonga, Sherwood Starr and Gatooma schools and both Chaplin School and the Convent in Gwelo. For sixty years, she was active in the theatre, singing, acting and directing plays and musicals, also designing and painting sets. She was awarded a trophy for her sets for Arthur Millar’s “The Crucible”, the Umtali Player’s National Theatre entry. Also, she received the Rep’s Theatre award for excellence for het sets in Salisbury, Rhodesia. She appeared in the T.V. series “Thinking about Africa” shot at the Victoria Falls in the late eighties. Her life’s adventures spanned several continents and numerous relationships, some less hazardous than others, also several proposals, two marriages and two divorces. Becoming more fearful for her life alone in an increasingly lawless Zimbabwe, she left to live with her daughter, Sherrell, in South Africa and they both left there seven years later to live with her other daughter, Jennifer, in Australia.