the Book of David

The Story of David Shapiro

In 1912, with just £10, David set off on his own from Palestine to Rhodesia speaking just Hebrew and Arabic, to seek his fortune. This is the story of David Shapiro's life, from Zichron Ya'acov to Lausanne, via Lusaka and Salisbury.​​​​​​​

My father, Winston Shapiro, wrote the story of my grandfather, with the drama of his solo journey at the age of 16 from modern-day Israel, then Palestine, to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

I worked on the project with him and turned the text into a book, with a lot of work going into scanning and repairing old photos - some over a century old - even artificially colourising some of the images and developing the layout into a clear and interesting tale of his life.
Preview the book here or buy a copy!
The Book of David, front / back cover - both portraits were artificially colourised
The Book of David, front / back cover - both portraits were artificially colourised
Map showing the journey: Zichron Ya'acov to Plumtree
Map showing the journey: Zichron Ya'acov to Plumtree
Postcard from 1913, before sailing through the Suez Canal
Postcard from 1913, before sailing through the Suez Canal
Family photo 1912 - the original was in very bad condition, torn in several places, dusty and with water damage
Family photo 1912 - the original was in very bad condition, torn in several places, dusty and with water damage
Beira to Plumtree
Beira to Plumtree
The "poker club" from the early 1920s - photo was in pretty bad condition, ripped, water damage, dusty etc
The "poker club" from the early 1920s - photo was in pretty bad condition, ripped, water damage, dusty etc
Family life
Family life
Business life
Business life

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