'A powerful, emotional and provoking travel book that should be read by everyone heading to Southern Africa' -- Guardian Unlimited Books of the Year
'A powerful, emotional and provoking travel book that should be read by everyone.' -- Guardian Unlimited Books of the Year
'An astonishingly powerful, moving and well-written book...a story that has to be read.'
-- The Tablet
'Heartbreaking...a family secret, history, autobiography and travelogue' -- The Times
'Heartfelt,absorbing and profoundly moving'
-- Sunday Times, Culture
'It's a well-told book, mingling as it does the personal with the wider political scene'
-- Seven Sunday Telegraph
'Peter Godwin's affectionate portrait of his parents...and detailed account of the farm invasions' -- Daily Telegraph
'This is both a moving family memoir and a sobering account...of the planet's nastiest dictatorships'
-- Mail on Sunday
Peter Godwin, an award-winning writer, is on assignment in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his birthplace. His father is seriously ill; she fears he is dying. Godwin finds his country, once a post-colonial success story, descending into a vortex of violence and racial hatred. His father recovers, but over the next few years Godwin travels regularly between his family life in Manhattan and the increasing chaos of Zimbabwe, with its rampant inflation and land seizures making famine a very real prospect. It is against this backdrop that Godwin discovers a fifty-year-old family secret, one which changes everything he thought he knew about his father, and his own place in the world. Peter Godwins book combines vivid reportage, moving personal stories and revealing memoir, and traces his familys quest to belong in hostile lands a quest that spans three continents and half a century. Heartbreaking . . . Godwin plainly loves Africa, and he captures the baffling wayward contradictions of its people, their cruelties and unexpected kindnesses, their nobility of spirit in the face of appalling conditions, with humour and grace Daily Mail A wonderful book . . . beautifully written, packed with insight and free of rancour Literary Review A strong, heroic book . . . too vivid to bear and too central to our concerns to ignore Edmund White