Al Gibson's Mother of Milawi tells the amazing true story of Annie Chikhwaza, founder of the extraordinary Kondanani in Milawi, where abandoned babies - some of them HIV positive - are cared for and, if they survive, raised and educated.
The book ambitiously details Annie's life - how she was abused during childhood, her life-changing conversion to Christianity following a suicide attempt, her subsequent ministry work in Amsterdam and South Africa, an abusive marriage, divorce and eventual remarriage, which led to her founding Kondanani.
There are many fascinating details and anecdotes - particularly with regard to Madonna and Guy Ritchie, and their well publicised adoption of one of Annie's babies. Refreshingly, Annie adopts a far less judgemental attitude than that of the mainstream press on this issue, seeing Madonna not as a megastar but as a capable mother.
All in all, a fascinating, gripping and inspirational piece of writing.