From Kathmandu to Kilimanjaro

A Mother-Daughter Memoir

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About the Book

Margaret (Peggy) Wilson, born in England in 1897, was the model of the new woman, serving as a medical volunteer during World War I, and later going to medical school to become a doctor of tropical disease. In 1926, Peggy traveled to Kathmandu, and four years later married her medical school boyfriend who was on assignment with the British Colonial Medical Service in Tanganyika (modern-day Tanzania). Peggy and Donald spent the next 30 years working side-by-side on malaria research and public health, winning multiple awards in the process. Peggy’s daughter Sylvie, born in 1935, recalls World War II in Tanganyika and Kenya, boarding school, and university at Cambridge. After university, Sylvie returned home to teach and married a Greek Tanganyikan farmer. They welcomed independence and the nation of Tanzania, yet struggled under the impacts it had for British citizens. While most of the Greek community left Tanzania, Sylvie and her husband persisted on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, participating in building new Tanzania.

Drawn from Peggy’s unpublished memoir and the letters, diaries and photographs that Sylvie meticulously collected, this inspiring mother-daughter memoir spans three continents and a century of travel, love, defiance, wars, medical research, and revolutions.

About the Author(s)

Sylvie Wilson Emmanuel lives in Machame, Tanzania, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Patricia D. Beaver is emerita professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles.

Bibliographic Details

Margaret Elizabeth Lovett Wilson and Sylvie Wilson Emmanuel

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8300-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4094-5
Imprint: McFarland