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Where We Have Hope [Paperback]

Andrew Meldrum
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7 Mar 2005
In May 2003 Guardian journalist Andrew Meldrum was seized by Robert Mugabe's thugs and deported, forced to leave for writing 'bad things' about Mugabe's regime. This was the shocking end to a grim journey. For twenty years, Meldrum had lived through Zimbabwe's transformation - from the African beacon of hope to violent despotism.



This is his story. It is also a testament to the power of hope. Throughout Zimbabwe, doctors, teachers, journalists and lawyers have refused to accept Mugabe's rule. Meldrum depicts their courage and heroism in moments of intense drama and tension.



Where We Have Hope is a moving account of a life lived in a world of extremes - of ugly tyranny and of the extraordinary friendships and passionate beliefs that it inspires.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719566436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719566431
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Marvellous, rich and rewarding ... [A] compelling book' (The Times 20040717)

'Meldrum's writing is driven by a passion for the country and its people ... essential reading.' (Observer 20040627)

'Meldrum's vivid and insightful reflections will enrich any reader's understanding of this sorry chapter of African history' (Literary Review 20040701)

'A story of disillusion, chaos, violence, extraordinary courage and some hope' (Guardian 20040701)

'He does not spare us from the brutality and wickedness that is gripping Zimbabwe, but by telling the stories of its people and allowing us to hear their voices, he shows that amidst the repression and cruelty of Mugabe's state, there is courage, dignity, and above all real hope' (RAGEH OMAAR 20040701)

'His memoir is written with admirable control and clarity, shedding light on the complexity ... yet his passion for his adopted country never fails to shine through.' Nicola Barr (The Guardian 20050312)

'So readable...His personable, matter-of-fact tone serves less to dismiss the extraordinary injustices the country and its people have suffered and more to highlight them by giving them context.' (Observer 20050410)

About the Author

In May 2003, Guardian journalist Andrew Meldrum was illegally expelled from Zimbabwe. He had been the last foreign journalist in the country, and his deportation was reported internationally. He continues to write on Zimbabwe from South Africa.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't get any better than this 9 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A superb novel. Brilliantly written, so much so that even a novice in the subject of the political, economic and social history of Zimbabwe, is left with the whole true picture of what really is happening to that beautiful land. Meldrum is definitely not a chancer, but a true professional who obviously has a passion for what he does. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to end up in a police state 11 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I was in Zimbabwe on a holiday for a week in Victoria Falls a few years ago and could feel the tension in Zimbabwe (even in such a high profile tourist location). It made me interested in reading about the country and how it ended up in such a state.

This books is an excellent account of how to get from a land of optimism in the initial years after independence to a police state run for the benefit of one man and his chronies.

It is a factual account; woven around real characters but it keeps you turning that pages like a thriller as the idealists at the centre of it go from normal living to a life of danger and confrontation of evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blot on the continent 10 Jun 2007
By Turner
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I have read a few books on Zimbabwe, having been born there, and found this book to be a true account of the declining state of a once beautiful country. In fact, Andrew paints a kinder picture than the one experienced by the average Zimbabwean day to day. If you want to find out how a country that once fed just about all of southern africa but is now dependent on handouts and how an economy (200% inflation at time of Andrew's writing but now closer to 4000% in 2007 rising to 5billion% in 2009!!! - exchange rate then Z$250 to 1 but now a staggering Z$150 000 to 1..and rising weekly)(eventually abandoned when it hit the trillions..yes trillions mark in 2009) that was the envy of Africa during santion years..then read this. and yes, Andrew, although arriving full of optimism...soon gives way to the weary certainty that most zmbabweans now living abroad feel...utter disappointment and sadness at seeing a once thriving country full of hope...systematically dismantled by a tinpot dictator and his band of uneducated cronies!!!!
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In May 2003 Guardian journalist Andrew Meldrum was seized by Robert Mugabe's thugs and deported, forced to leave for writing `bad things' about Mugabe's regime. This was the shocking end to a grim journey. For twenty years, Meldrum had lived through Zimbabwe's transformation - from the African beacon of hope to violent despotism. This is his story. It is also a testament to the power of hope. Throughout Zimbabwe, doctors, teachers, journalists and lawyers have refused to accept Mugabe's rule. Meldrum depicts their courage and heroism in moments of intense drama and tension. Where We Have Hope is a moving account of a life lived in a world of extremes - of ugly tyranny and of the extraordinary friendships and passionate beliefs that it inspires.
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