Richard Seymour Hall

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Richard Seymour Hall (22 July 1925 – 14 November 1997) was a British journalist and historian, writing about Africa.

He was born in Margate, and spent several years of his childhood in Australia. On returning to the UK with his mother after his parents separated he attended the Hastings Grammar School, and received an honours degree from Keble College, Oxford. During this time he married Barbara Hall, with whom he had five sons.

He worked first for the Daily Mail in London, and then went to Northern Rhodesia where he was co-founder and editor of the African Mail (also known as the Central African Mail) with Alexander Scott.[1] After Zambia's independence, he became editor of the Times of Zambia owned by Tiny Rowland. In 1967 he returned to England as African correspondent of The Observer, and was a proponent of its ultimately unsuccessful fight for independence. In 1986, after failing to become the editor of The Observer when it was purchased by Rowland, he founded his own financial and political bulletin Africa Analysis.[2][3]


He wrote a number of books on Africa politics, history, and biography, for adults and children.

For adults[edit]

  • Empires of the Monsoon: A History of the Indian Ocean and its Invaders, HarperCollins 1998. ISBN 0006380832
  • My Life with Tiny: A Biography of Tiny Rowland, Faber and Faber, 1987. ISBN 0571147372
  • Lovers on the Nile: The Incredible African Journeys of Sam and Florence Baker, Random House, 1980. ISBN 0394502272
    • Spanish translation, Los Amantes del Nilo
  • (with Hugh Peyman) The Great Uhuru Railway: China's Showpiece in Africa, Gollancz, 1976. ISBN 057502089X
  • Zambia 1890-1964: The Colonial period, 1976. ISBN 0582646200
  • Stanley: An Adventurer Explored, Houghton Mifflin, 1975. ISBN 0395194261. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1312 libraries[4]
    • Japanese translation by Kiyotaka Yoneda, 栄光と幻想 : 探検家スタンレー伝 / Eikō to gensō, OCLC 672634044
  • The High Price of Principles: Kaunda and the White South, 1969, Holmes & Meier. ISBN 0841900388
  • Zambia, Praeger, 1966, 357 pages, OCLC 420544

For young people[edit]

  • Explorers in Africa. Usborne Publishing, 1975, ISBN 0860200132
  • Discovery of Africa Hamlyn 1970, ISBN 060000130X
    • Also published in French as Decouverte de l'afrique
  • Kaunda, founder of Zambia. Longmans, 1967.


  1. ^ Cockcroft, Laurence (19 November 1997). "Obituaries: Richard Hall: Tough Love For Africa" (PDF). The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Obituary". The Times. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ Anthony Sampson, "Dick Hall, a passion for Africa". The Observer, 1997.
  4. ^ WorldCat identities

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