These are the memoirs of my mother, Shirley Sinclair. A short while before she died I asked my mother if I may approach a publisher on her behalf, as so many people had read and enjoyed her story, although it was written only for her children and grandchildren.

She was delighted at the thought that other people might enjoy her memoirs and gave her consent. As it happened I never did get to do anything about publishing them, but so many people borrow my copy that I thought I would make them more widely available in this way.

The story starts with her childhood in a comfortable home in Cape Town, takes one through her teenage years, university and study abroad, romantic dilemmas, and ends when she is a farmer's wife living in a remote part of Rhodesia, and learning how to cope with hardships there.

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