'With unflagging intelligence, fearlessness, and compassion, Pawson unfolds the human and political dimensions of this forgotten atrocity. She has done Angola a great service in writing this book, and all of us, Angolan or otherwise, do ourselves a great service in reading it.'Teju Cole
'A brilliant piece of sleuthing, research, reportage and an example of unblinking determination... I greatly admire this book.'Paul Theroux
'Lara Pawson has a poet's eye for telling detail, a priest's empathy for human idiosyncrasy and the dogged determination of a sleuth. Fired up by her determination to discover what really happened on May 27, 1977 in Angola, she skewers in the process of this gripping investigation both the hypocrisy of the Angolan government and the sloppy naivety of the British Left.'Michela Wrong
'Compelling... [Pawson's] conversational tone, her musings, and lively descriptions, make In the Name of the People as engaging as it is informative.'Lucy Popescu, Times Literary Supplement
'Pawson brings her sources to life like a novelist; her meetings are vivid and convincing. A simple, direct clarity of vision is brought to bear, and the reader begins to make some sense of the conspiracies and sub-conspiracies that led to the vinte-sete. By the end, Angola - along with some of its layered political complexity - is raw, vital, brutal and alive in front of us.'M. John Harrison, author of Climbers
'Gripping... Lara Pawson digs beneath the superficial account which was all we really had to explain the events… an account of the lives of those on both sides of the struggle in 1977, a series of portraits of life in Angola with its extremes of privilege and poverty and it reads like a thriller.'
--Keith Somerville, African Arguments
'Gripping... Lara Pawson digs beneath the superficial account which was all we really had to explain the events.' --Keith Somerville, African Arguments
About the Author
Lara Pawson was a BBC World Service Correspondent in Africa from 1997-2007, covering various regions. From 1998-2000 she was stationed in Angola, covering the ongoing Angolan Civil War and she has returned to Angola multiple times since. She currently works as a freelance journalist and lives in London.