Historical autobiography

Treading a Delicate Tightrope


Mike Burton

Africa in the 1980s.

In that beautiful, strife-torn country, it was a turbulent time of radical social change.

One white man found himself in the middle of it, newly employed as the principal of All Saints College in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Little did Mike Burton know that a difficult journey was about to begin.

Soon, he realised that education and politics were converging towards a crisis point. He found himself walking the tightrope between the expectations of the people who provided the money for education, and those of the students and the community.

As “Comrade Mike” he elected that the interests of the students and the community take precedence. He chose education AND liberation. But at what cost?

Mike Burton’s “Tightrope” is a gripping, personal account that transports the reader back to the South African liberation
struggle of the 1980s, a period of tremendous change in a new-born democracy.

Available at Amazon comDymocksBooktopiaSandbar BooksClarke’s Bookshop (Cape Town) and wherever good books are sold.

Paperback ISBN 9781920033835
Ebook ISBN 9781920033842

Prairie historical autobiography


The true story of the first European child born on the prairie in North-West Manitoba , Canada.
A heartwarming, historical autobiography by P.V. Eyre-Walker.

Against the backdrop of the remote prairies, a spectacularly beautiful landscape where the snowbound winters were long and harsh, the little girl and her family struggled against want, sickness and hardship.

Glimpse a unique fragment of the past in the pages of this book. You won’t believe the hardships this pioneering family endured.

Pioneering life on the Canadian prairies in the late 19th century was harsh and relentless – far different from anything the settlers had ever known. This authentic autobiography will warm your heart. Available world-wide as an eBook.

Ebook ASIN: B00CB5PG2Y

Shop for Prairie as an ebook worldwide: Amazon.com (USA) Amazon.co.uk (UK) Amazon.ca (Canada)

A quote from the book:

“No. 6 engine was the first to pass through, and when the Winnipeg ‘express’ began to run, it arrived in Millwood at about nine o’clock on Saturday nights, so the children never saw it. Consequently if a ‘special’ passed – that is a long train of ’empties’ going up for, or down with wheat – the whole school was turned out to watch it.
One hot August afternoon a ‘special’ pulled up in Millwood and a white-faced engineer got down. The Doctor happened to be in the village and as the long train drew out, the gang foreman came to him.
“The engineer has just reported he has killed two people on the trestle bridge. They were in the middle of the bridge when he came around the curve, and he couldn’t possibly stop in time. I have to go and investigate. Will you come too?”
So the gang foreman and the Doctor piled onto the hand-car and went back to the bridge.. . “