You are invited to the London Book Launch of
THE SULTAN’S SPYMASTER:
Peera Dewjee of Zanzibar
The Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace,
London W2 3EL
Wednesday 11th May. 7.30 pm
After an introduction by Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director of Tara Arts, the author Judy Aldrick will give a short presentation about her research and show historic photographs and drawings of Zanzibar.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and tea and coffee served. Admission is free. All are most welcome.
The Sultan’s Spymaster tells the story of Peera Dewjee, an Ismaili merchant who crossed
from India to Zanzibar as a boy. Lamp cleaner, then valet and barber to Sultan Barghash, he rose from humble beginnings to become the Sultan’s most trusted confidant and adviser.
Peera Dewjee acted behind the scenes during momentous events in the history of Zanzibar and East Africa – the closing of the slave markets and imperial expansion by Germany and Britain.
Judy Aldrick wrote the book at the request of Peera Dewjee’s great grandson Hussein. He and his wife Audrey are active in work on British Black History, especially in the Yorkshire Diasporian Stories Research Group. They are also readers of this blog.
Last year Audrey was particularly involved in commemorating the life of Thomas Rutling, a founder member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who stayed in Britain as a soloist and music teacher living in Harrogate, where there is a plaque to him. In 1915 he suffered a fatal stroke while on the beach at Morecambe