Douglas Rogers is an award-winning author, travel writer and journalist with 15 years’ experience writing for the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Times of London, Travel & Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he has lived in Johannesburg, London, New York and Washington DC, and has reported from more than 50 countries on topics as diverse as blood diamonds in Africa, the movie stars of Bollywood, and the restaurants of New Orleans. He is a former editor of the cocktail culture website http://www.worldsbestbars.com/age-gate?redirect=%2F
Rogers is the author of the acclaimed memoir: The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa, (Crown/Random House), winner of the 2010 British Guild of Travel Writers Book of the Year. The New York Times wrote: “This vibrant, tragic and surprisingly funny book is the best account yet of ordinary life to have come out of the Mugabe dictatorship.” It is being made into a film by the BBC. 6 October 2013The Last Resort
|A remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege, and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, author and travel journalist, Douglas Rogers tells the tale of how his parents were caught in the cross-fire when Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe launched the violent program to reclaim white-owned land. Owners of Drifters, a famous game farm and backpacker lodge, Lyn and Ros Rogers found their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbours expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads them too, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay. Listen to Douglas as he talks about his book, his parents, the recent elections in Zimbabwe and life in the US.|
A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Brett Archibald had no idea what was in store for him when he left his Cape Town home to go on a surfing trip to Indonesia in March this year.9 October 2013Miracle at Sea
|Join Brett as he tells the amazing story of his survival at sea. Brett relays the details of his ordeal in such a gripping way that audiences are transported with him into the horror of the 28.5 hours he was alone. During these long hours, Brett had to draw on every ounce of self-belief, his will to survive, and apply life principles to ensure he would live to tell the experience he had, and how he was miraculously rescued by a few Australians who refused to give up hope. Brett’s story includes all of the intertwining pieces that connected during those terrible hours to ensure his safe return to his family. It is a tale of hope, survival and belief with such an incredible ending that it will leave you enthralled, enraptured and inspired.|