Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War

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Galago Books, May 28, 2009 - South African War, 1899-1902 - 539 pages
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Goodbye Dolly Gray was the anthem of the South African War - a song that for a generation of British soldiers evoked memories of the Relief of Mafeking, the Battle of Spion Kop and the march on Pretoria. The Boer War marked the beginning of the end of colonialism and the beginning of a century of bloody warfare. South Africa saw the first major use of machine guns, long-range military artillery, barbed wire and concentration camps.

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About the author (2009)

Rayne Kruger was born in South Africa and began his working life in a Johannesburg goldmine before becoming in succession a lawyer, broadcaster and actor. He immigrated to England in 1947 where he joined the BBC. He wrote a number of successful novels, followed by a history of South Africa in 1959, "Goodbye Dolly Gray," which has remained in print ever since. An astute businessman, he then founded a property group. He subsequently went into partnership with his wife, the successful restaurateur and cookery school entrepreneur, Prue Leith. He died on 21 December 2002.

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