Pied-Noir: Story of a Colonial Boy, Robert J Dewar
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Robert J Dewar

Pied-Noir: Story of a Colonial Boy

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Robert Dewar lived in East Africa, before moving to South Africa when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand. Restless and adventurous, he began a battle with alcohol in his early thirties, a battle it seemed for 15 years that he might lose. He traveled between South Africa and Britain for two decades, during which he worked as a private investigator, a game ranger, a civil servant and a business researcher and writer. Aged 47, whilst living in the south east of England, he defeated alcoholism, a battle waged that is now a long time in the past. During the next ten years he became a political activist, a party speaker, and wrote for online publications. In 2014 he published his autobiography. He lives in a remote community in the western Highlands of Scotland. This is a victor's story, a tale – despite illness and periods of great challenge – of triumph over adversity.
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