- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Loose Chippings Books (11 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190799100X
- ISBN-13: 978-1907991004
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.6 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Call Of The Litany Bird: Surviving the Zimbabwe Bush War Hardcover – 11 Apr 2011
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This is a moving book, calmly written despite the horrors it details. The Spectator Susan Gibbs's extraordinary memoir. She writes vividly about her love of Africa and its people, and it is impossible not to admire her courage. Her account is threaded with amusing anecdotes. Daily Mail Sue Gibbs is a gifted writer. She tells a compelling personal story of bringing up a family on a farm whilst living through the harrowing times as Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. It is a wonderfully evocative read. Tom Benyon OBE, Founder of ZANE Deeply moving. Douglas Hurd (Former Foreign Secretary) This book reminds us of the courage which they (the Gibbs) and so many of their friends and neighbours showed. Lord Carrington (Former Foreign Secretary) Sometimes a book can touch a part of the soul and for me, Call Of The Litany Bird is such a one. New Books Magazine One really does feel, as the book progresses, the deterioration in the situation and the worries and concerns both of the white farming community and the Africans who shared so much of their lives. The definitive account. Major General Colin Shortis (Former BMATT Commander in Zimbabwe) A heartfelt account of human endeavour to try and lead as normal and productive lives as possible throughout grave turmoil. New Africa Analysis This book is a gem. Robin Byatt CMG (British High Commissioner to Zimbabwe 1980 to 1983) There are not many books which cause me to cancel any thought of doing anything else just so I can get stuck in to them, but this one did it for me today. Go buy this book, you will not be disappointed. John Gaye (Blogger) This is an amazing story, told with modesty and without undue drama. Amazon ***** Review An elegant and easy style. Amazon ***** Review
About the Author
Susan Gibbs was born and brought up in Australia. In 1963 she moved to Rhodesia which was to become her home for more than twenty years. She is married with four children and now lives in England.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an amazing story, told with modesty and without undue drama. Beautifully written it will chime immediately with anyone who knows any part of Africa but also with those who want to discover something of the life of those whom they may know who have 'retired' from Zimbabwe. This is their story that they probably will not tell you in ordinary conversation.
Having been born in Rhodesia myself and living near Bulawayo for 45 years I admire Susans ability to portray a way of life that has been swept away to the detriment of all who shared it. She 'got it right' in every way and I feel that this book is compulsory reading for every student of African politics and history.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and, though it does not delve deeply into politics, it gave me a genuine insight into Zimbabwe and the brutalities committed by Mugabe's regime.
The story is both beautifully written, outlining the enjoyable daily routines and the beauty of the landscape and natural African environment, and it is also chillingly real in exposing someone like myself (not versed in using Howitzers or Uzi's) to the realities faced everyday in Zimbabwe.
This will truly go down as a classic book written by someone who was a witness to the atrocities committed in Zimbabwe, and is a must read for anyone that is looking for a very moving well written book about families struggling to make do in more than trying circumstances in Africa.
If you think you have it tough, you should probably read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly awe inspiring book. i cannot believe that this was a person of my age bringing up her children in this terrifying environment and am so full of admiration. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mrs Charlotte Barker
An amazing true story vividly told. A valuable contribution to human history, evoking sympathy and admiration. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. R. Teesdale
I really enjoyed this book as have virtually all contributors. Susan Gibbs isn't a born writer ( I kept wanting to correct the grammar) like Peter Godwin and others who have... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clouds Hill
I grew up in this country and had an extraordinary childhood, which was wild and happy! Unfortunately UDI changed everything. It was a sad and unpleasant time for everyone. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Sue
The period of Rhodesia was very short, but for those who enjoyed the quality of life the memories live on. This book opened Pandora's box and the memories cascaded out. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2013 by John
I couldn't put this book down once I started it! Having lived in Bulawayo in my childhood, many of the characters mentioned in the book were known by our family, which of course... Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by Willow
A frank and personal account of a family's life during the Bush War in Zimbabwe under Mugabe when his thugs were murdering white farming families.. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by Yvette Albrecht
Was asked to order this book for my friend who does not have access to a computer so don't know how it was. No bother with seller. Would use again.Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Jingle