Sanders of the River
Publisher: Mint Editions
As a symbol of the British crown, Commissioner Sanders governs the affairs of Colonial Nigeria, and becomes the target of both internal and external threats. Sanders of the River is one of Edgar Wallace’s earliest successes focusing on the colonial experience and West African life.
District Commissioner Sanders struggles to maintain peace and prosperity within Colonial Nigeria. As a British ruler, he must manage the crown’s expectations as well as the interests of the Nigerian people. Sanders attempt at fair and just authority is often challenged by skeptic natives and outside forces. At his most vulnerable, he faces a political upheaval that may push the colony to the brink of war.
Sanders of the River illustrates the tumultuous relationship between the British Empire and its African colonies. While some locals are intrigued by Commissioner Sanders, others are weary of his true intentions. He represents Western ideals which have historically sewn discord within the tribal communities.
Influenced by Wallace’s own travels, Sanders of the River explores imperialism from both a foreign and domestic perspective. This popular tale spawned multiple sequels including The People of the River (1911) and The River of Stars (1913). The initial story was also adapted for film in 1935 and went on to become a critical and commercial success.
With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Sanders of the River is both modern and readable.