The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye

The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye

On 13 June, 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina Town and destroyed it. It was never rebuilt.Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened...

Author : Manu Herbstein

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On 13 June, 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina Town and destroyed it. It was never rebuilt.

Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal towns and villages - including Axim, Takoradi and Sekondi.

On 6 February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene’s palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground.

15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. This novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story.

The front cover features an image of a solid gold mask looted from the palace of the Asantehene. The mask now resides in the Wallace Collection in London.