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Book Launch - Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days, by Richard and Rita Pankhurst

July 24, 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 - 6:30pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Univ. of London

Type of Event: Book Launch

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days

Book launch with authors Richard and Rita Pankhurst, in partnership with Tsehai Publishers, The Anglo-Ethiopian Society and the Centre of African Studies.

In 1958, Richard Pankhurst asked Rita Eldon to leave her home in London and move to Ethiopia with him and his mother, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. Without the promise of marriage and with relatively little knowledge of the country, Rita said yes, and so began the love affair between the two, and their adopted home, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days, by Rita and Richard Pankhurst, is a joint autobiography in which Rita and Richard reveal never before published stories about growing up with unusual and intriguing parents, their meeting at age 31, and the ease with which they adapted to their new country.

Reminiscences provides a unique view of: the history of colonialism, travel within Ethiopia, celebrations that range from the grand affairs of royalty to celebrating Temqet with the locals at Gonder, seemingly ceaseless work and, most important to Rita and Richard, innumerable deep and life-long friendships.
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