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Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain (1936–1940)
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IMPERIAL EXILE: Emperor Haile Selassie in Britain (1936–40), a book by Keith Bowers, a former executive producer for the BBC, chronicles the five-year exile in Great Britain by Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, in a gripping story, that, with the plight of refugees constantly in the news, is as timely as it is intriguing.
Philip Marsden, author of The Barefoot Emperor, calls it "an important and dramatic story that deserves to be better known," echoing famed Ethiopianist Richard Pankhurst, who states, "The important period of the Emperor's exile in Bath has not received much attention. This thoroughly researched book fills the gap."
Emperor Haile Selassie was forced to flee Ethiopia to escape the invading armies of the armies of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Imperial Exile reveals the full depth of the debilitating struggles that all exiles face. It tells the story of how the emperor is nearly crushed by a myriad of financial, political and personal pressures before a sudden twist of good fortune intervenes. The book is packed with beguiling eyewitness anecdotes, supported by a range of rare and fascinating photographs of both Britain and Ethiopia.
"This account adds substantially to the story of this important and fascinating world figure," states Jonathan Dimbleby, while Ian Campbell, author of The Plot to Kill Graziani, adds it "is a must-read for anyone interested in the modern history of Ethiopia."
The author is Keith Bowers, a former BBC executive producer who lives in Bath and travels regularly to Ethiopia.
PrologueList of key eventsIntroduction
Map of Ethiopia
Chapter 1 A Year from Hell Eyewitness In the Emperor’s Footsteps: A trip to DessieChapter 2 Testing the Waters Eyewitness The Bath Spa Hotel
Map of Addis Ababa
Chapter 3 The King of Kings Eyewitness A Visit to the Emperor’s PalaceChapter 4 Taking Refuge Eyewitness Tales of a Princess
Map of Bath
Chapter 5 Murder Most Foul Eyewitness The Mystic’s CaveChapter 6 Aiding and Abetting Eyewitness Coffee with the PankhurstsChapter 7 Hitting Rock Bottom Eyewitness Open Day at Fairfield House
Map of places visited in the UK
Chapter 8 The Great Escape Eyewitness The View from EntotoChapter 9 Counting the Cost Eyewitness The Weekend RetreatChapter 10 The Final Curtain Call Eyewitness Inside the Guildhall
Epilogue Acknowledgements List of photographs Chapter sources Bibliography Fairfield residents post-exile
"The important period of the Emperors exile in Bath has not received much attention. This thoroughly researched book fills the gap."
Richard Pankhurst, author of Ethiopian Reminiscences: The Early Days
"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the modern history of Ethiopia."
Ian Campbell, author of The Plot to Kill Graziani
"This is an important and dramatic story that deserves to be better known."
Philip Marsden, author of The Barefoot Emperor
"The first full account of how the Emperor spent those crucial four years in exile in the UK."
Shiferaw Bekele, Addis Ababa University
"This account adds substantially to the story of this important and fascinating world figure."
Jonathan Dimbleby, British Journalist
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