The author, Tony Maxwell, was born in South Africa and from an early age was interested in the history of the Anglo-Boer War. When he and his son discovered the Alberta connection with Strathcona's Horse, they resolved to make a documentary film about this famous regiment. This book, Searching for the Queen's Cowboys, is the story of their adventures in South Africa tracing the route followed by the Strathconas.
Because he was born and raised in South Africa, the author has an insiders view of what life was like under apartheid and the challenges that are facing the new South Africa. This very entertaining book is available through Amazon worldwide. -- Peggy Freeman, Red Deer Advocate, November 12, 2009
From the Author
When my son Brad and I went to South Africa to film our documentary The Queen's Cowboys, I planned to write an article about our experiences searching for the battlefields and graves associated with Strathcona's Horse and the Anglo-Boer War. However, it turned out to be a lot more complicated than I had expected. To understand why the Strathconas went to South Africa in the first place, it was necessary to explain what the Anglo-Boer War was all about and why it involved Canada. Then, to understand the reasons for the war, it was necessary to explain in some detail the history of South Africa and so on. South Africa is a complex country. Many, if not all, of its problems are rooted not only in its past, but also in its most recent history. During our travels we met a number of people who, in one way or another, were able to shed some light on these problems. So in many respects this is their story too.