About the author: Colin Ainsworth Sharp
Colin Ainsworth Sharp left the UK for SA in 1968. In 1973, he joined up with a litho printer and launched Habitat magazine in Johannesburg.
In the late ‘70s he wrote three novels, all published in London by W H Allen: Birthright, Borderline and Thunderheads, the first’s subject matter was Rhodesian bush war and the second and third showcased the situation in SA. All were published in hard and soft copies. (paperbacks under Star Books).
Sharp continues to publish Habitat. He self-published (in small number) a fourth novel: Tomorrow’s Wind in the ‘90s (which is still relevant and could be published).
He lives with his wife on a smallholding on the Jukskei River north-west of Johannesburg.
About the book: Grey Areas
A novel that reflects the events that characterised the South African government’s attempt to hold onto the apartheid regime during the late ‘70s.
It is told through the eyes of an immigrant from UK – Robin Ashbourne - and the first 2 – 3 chapters reflect on his history in the north west of England, his family, upbringing and the key events in his childhood that lead to his move to SA.
The novel is in two parts : Book 1 and 2. The second section deals with the military situation in Rhodesia and SA. And at that time, the acquisition of sophisticated armaments for the SAAF in particular. It culminates in the attempt by ANC cadres to create a spectacular event with the destruction of the SAAF’s locally made Cheetah interceptor, which is based on the French Dassault Mirage (manufactured then by Atlas Aircraft Corporation), at the press launch.
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