Book Launch - Speech by Pius Wakatama

The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia

By Susan Woodhouse

    I am really honored to have been asked by Weaver Press to speak at this launch of Susan Woodhouse’s memorable book: The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia, a biography of the late Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Mr. Garfield Todd.

    As I read it, it occurred to me that the book could well have been titled The End of Sanity and The Beginning of Madness in Rhodesia or The End of the African Dream and The Beginning of Chaos in Zimbabwe. But then again, it may have been difficult to fit all of that on the cover.  

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Book Launch

Book Launch:

Garfield Todd: The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia

A Biography Susan Woodhouse

Marmon Brooks

First published in Zimbojam

On a picture perfect Saturday morning (12 May) in Harare on the grounds of Gallery Delta, Weaver Press launched its latest title, an authorised biography of the former Southern Rhodesia Prime Minister (1953 – 58), Garfield Todd.


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Message from Susan Woodhouse

Message from Susan Woodhouse

for Zimbabwe Launch

Warm greetings to you all from Susan Woodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am very sorry not to be with you on what is for me an almost unbelievable occasion: the launch of my biography of Garfield Todd – which he had asked me to undertake because, he said, I knew him and Grace better than anyone. I had worked for Garfield for eight years, two in the Southern Rhodesia Prime Minister’s Office and six at Hokonui Ranch.

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Garfield Todd biography launched

By Newsday

 May 15, 2018

RENOWNED author and journalist, Pius Wakatama, has described Susan Woodhouse’s new biography of former Rhodesian Premier Garfield Todd — The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia — as an important tool that will bring enlightenment around a crucial period in the country’s history.

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Zimbabwe and the path not taken

Trevor Grundy's review of Garfield Todd – The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia by Susan Woodhouse, Weaver Press in Harare, 2018

The story of Garfield Todd in Central Africa starts in 1934. At the age of 26 he and his 23- year old wife, Grace and their adopted daughter, Alycen, came from New Zealand to the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia to run the New Zealand Churches of Christ mission station at Dadaya in the Lundi Native Reserve near Shabani (Zvishavane).

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