Touted by its 1885 publisher as "the most amazing story ever written," "King Solomon's Mines" was one of the bestselling novels of the nineteenth century. H. Rider Haggard's thrilling saga of elephant hunter Allan Quatermain and his search for fabled treasure is more than just an adventure story, though: As Alexandra Fuller explains in her Introduction, in its vivid portrayal of the alliances and battles of white colonials and African tribesmen, "King Solomon's Mines" "brings us the world of extremes, of the absurdly tall tales and of the illogical loyalty between disparate people that still informs this part of the world.
About the Author
Stephen Coan is an assistant editor of The Natal Witness.
ALEXANDRA FULLER was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her midtwenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. She has three children.
“A peculiarly thrilling and vigorous tale of adventure.” —Andrew Lang