From the Back Cover
Growing up in Rhodesia in the 1960s, Peter Godwin inhabited a magical and frightening world of leopard-hunting, lepers, witch doctors, snakes and forest fires. As an adolescent, a conscripted boy-soldier caught in the middle of a vicious civil war, and then as an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as a journalist to cover the bloody transition to majority black rule, he discovered a land stalked by death and danger.
‘The life of the white boys and girls in colonial Africa has vanished now, but this fine and powerful memoir is a marvellous contribution to its literature’
William Boyd, Sunday Times
‘His memoir of those terrible years is a vivdly scary adventure story, as well as a poignant portrait of a bitter moral dilemma…superb’
Graham Lord, Daily Telegraph
‘I have no hesitation in saying that Mr Godwin’s book is a classic’
Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph
Doris Lessing, Observer
About the Author
Peter Godwin is an award-winning author and journalist. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, after military service he studied law at Cambridge University and international relations and African history at Oxford. He was a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times
and a founding presenter and writer of Assignment/Correspondent
, BBC television’s premier foreign affairs programme. Mukiwa
was an international bestseller and winner of the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the Esquire-Apple-Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Award. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun
, about his return to Zimbabwe as it began to collapse into chaos, is also published by Picador. He lives in New York.