Reviews of A Railway Runs Through: Goans of East Africa, 1865 - 1980

A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa, 1865 – 1980 by Selma Carvalho. Pages 196. This book was the outcome of a three year project, Histories of British-Goans, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. First published in Britain by Matador Publishing. Published in Goa by Cinnamon Teal. The font on this book is suitable for senior readers. 

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‘This book is a well deserved tribute to the Goan community. All of us who served in East Africa will know what a contribution the Goans made, whether serving as clerks and cashiers in remote bomas or as staff in the secretariat.’ Peter Fullerton, District Commissioner, Kenya, review The Overseas Pensioner

‘How did these children and grandchildren of the Konkan find themselves embroiled deep in the most significant moment of Kenya’s modern history? The answer is richly detailed in Selma Carvalho’s A Railway Runs Through’. Vivek Menezes, review Live Mint

‘One can only imagine how much relevance and value a book of this kind would have to any ex-Africa expat trying to understand their role in wider history.’ Frederick Noronha, review Navhind Times

‘I read the entire book, page by page, word by word, from front cover to the back cover.  I was enthralled and had a hard time putting the book down when I had to take care of some chores.’ Vivian D’Souza, ex-Tanganyika

‘But for Selma’s tireless efforts, the East African Goan may well have faded into oblivion. Fills the void of early East African Goan history.’ Mervyn Maciel, author of Bwana Karani

‘An impressive book. Should become an important historical document.’ Dr Christine Nicholls, author of Red Strangers: The White Tribe of Kenya

‘Many Kenyan and non-Kenyan clients of our library will love to read this history.’ Kenya National Library Service

‘A splendid record of the Goan community which I worked with for nine years, 1955-1964 in Kenya.’ Sir John Johnson, former British High Commissioner to Kenya

‘Selma Carvalho’s latest book, encapsulates the complex socio-cultural and political identities of Goans in a history spanning Asia, Africa, and Europe’.  Dr. R. Benedito Ferrao, La Trobe University, Australia, review The Goan

‘We can all be grateful to Selma Carvalho who has laid the base for future construction’. Dr Teotonio R. de Souza, Head of History Department, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon,  review oHeraldo