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The Lintrose Conversations:
 

ALAN PATON SPEAKING
The Lintrose Conversations:
Interview with Alan Paton

by Roy Holland
edited by Charles Muller

UK price: £14.60     US price: $28.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 114
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-4-4
Published: August-2008

 

 

 

 

This interview with Alan Paton by Roy Holland has never, until now, been published. The interview took place on June 19 and June 20, 1973, when Holland was a guest in Paton’s home, Lintrose, at Bothas Hill, Kloof, Natal. It provides many insights into Paton’s life, his political involvement as the founder of the Liberal party in South Africa, and his writings

Book Description

ALAN PATON, who died on April 12th 1988 at the age of 85, was not just the author of South Africa's best-selling political novel, Cry the Beloved Country. He was a founder of the now defunct Liberal party and its national president for most of its 15-year existence until it expired in 1968.

This interview with Alan Paton by Roy Holland has never, until now, been published. The interview took place on June 19 and June 20, 1973, when Holland was a guest in Paton’s home at Bothas Hill, Kloof, Natal. The name of Paton’s house was Lintrose. Therefore, these interviews are called The Lintrose Conversations. The recorded topics were many and varied: about Paton’s political activities as well as his professional and personal life, but mainly about his work. During his stay Holland was impressed by Alan Paton’s concern to wake him gently by bringing tea each morning to his bedroom at about a quarter past seven!

It is thanks to Sony that the interview in this book exists at all. The original tape recordings, after some years, seemed to have become stuck together and would not play. When Roy Holland sent them to Japan, Sony fixed them and completely re-recorded a new set of tapes for him, at no cost, just in the interest of research.

About the author

Roy Holland was born in Birmingham. He went to Africa in 1966 to teach in the universities of the Boleswa countries. In 1971 he went to Greece for three years. He and his family lived on the island of Levkas for six months, the Gulf of Corinth for a similar period, and in Corfu for a little over two years. He wrote full-time until 1974, when he returned to the U.K. and worked on a research project until returning to Africa in 1977. Thereafter he lived in Southern Africa and worked in universities in Zimbabwe, Lebowa and Venda. He was Professor of English at the University of the North, the University of Venda, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the later 80's. He retired early to write full-time, and now lives in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

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Other works by Roy Holland:

                                     

THE NOWHERE MAN
by Roy Holland      

UK price: £8.99     US price: $17.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-0-6
Published: July-2008

A young man in Birmingham, in the sixties, escapes the humdrum mundanity of life through fantasies, tries to find himself, and finally escapes his dead-end lifestyle by gaining a place at a university.


JOURNEY TOWARDS HIMSELF            
by Roy Holland

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Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-1-3
Published: July-2008

A hilarious evocation of life as a student at Cambridge University in the sixties, shortly after the time of such notable figures as F. R. Leavis, C.S. Lewis and E.M. Forster.


NOW LEAD ME HOME
by Roy Holland      
 

UK price: £10.99     US price: $21.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-2-0
Published: July-2008

In this third book of the ‘Jonathan Three’, the experiences conveyed by the protagonist’s stream-of-consciousness place the reader in the mind of the young man who eventually finds real love and meaning in a fulfilling relationship. 


THE WAKING & MAKING OF PAUL GAUGUIN        
A Play for Voices

by Roy Holland

UK price: £6.99     US price: $15.02
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 98
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-3-7
Published: July-2008

It was during his illness, in 1887, when Gauguin was 39 years old, that the battle dramatised in this play – a battle imagined in his body, and in his mind, and in his moral nature – could have taken place



Contact the author by email:  roy@royholland.fsnet.co.uk

Roy Holland