On My Watch by Harvey Tyson
28 Nov 2016
On My Watch is a first-person, “eye-witness” account of life in the years between the Great Depression of the 1920s and the Great Recession of the 2000s. A fully illustrated 400-page soft-cover memoir reflecting on South Africa and its wavering democracy. It deals with critical issues, murders and mysteries – but also finds interesting people and lots of life’s cherries. It looks back to the ‘Twenties and all that Jazz’; the 1930s and war-torn 1940s. It looks through a journalist’s eyes at the rest of the 20th century and beyond.
“This book is suspiciously like a memoir – which I’ve always said are written by people who are losing their memories. Luckily On my Watch is filled with old notes that help. And a bad memory cuts out a lot of the important, dreary stuff that appears in autobiographies.” says the author Harvey Tyson.
Among the stories and anecdotes, however, is the cardinal issue of this book. It is the threat, not only to the press, but to your right to freedom of information. This account should remind us that the awareness and opportunity to read what you like is as jeopardised today as it was 25 years ago. A recommended read if you’re interested in history, politics, journalism or simply seeing life in South Africa over the last 80 years through Harvey’s eyes.
About the author
Harvey Tyson is a would-be retired writer who, after travelling round the world several times, finds Hermanus on the edge of Africa the best place on Earth. However he suffers from ‘writing itch’ which makes fishing, whale-counting and shark-diving impossible. This is fortunate, but it also handicaps his hiking, biking, birding and golf. Worse, he is obsessed with a campaign to convince 50 and 15-year-olds that reading is the richest, and most rewarding hobby any woman, child and man can have. Time is short and life is tough in Hermanus.
Date of Publication: November 2016
Publisher: Writing Inc