A powerful and intensely human insight into the civil war in Zimbabwe, focusing on a white farmer and his maid who find themselves on opposing sides.
One bright morning Nigel Hough, one of the few remaining white farmers in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, received the news he was dreading – a crowd were at the gate demanding he surrender his home and land. To his horror, his family's much-loved nanny Aqui was at the head of the violent mob that then stole his homestead and imprisoned him in an outhouse.
By tracing the intertwined lives of Nigel and Aqui – rich and poor, white and black, master and maid – through intimate and moving interviews, Christina Lamb captures not just the source of a terrible conflict, but also her own conviction that there is still hope for one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.
“Riveting… Lamb describes in harrowing detail the social and political chaos. Her book tells a disaster story on a massive scale” - Daily Mail
“Compelling… Lamb has a remarkable pair of stories to tell, and does so extremely well” - Spectator
“Captivating… it takes great insight and considerable imaginative powers to describe the unfolding story from both sides, but this Lamb manages with complete conviction. She is a consummate storyteller” - Sunday Times
“Powerful… a fascinating absorbingly told narrative. Beautifully written, it is a deeply moving account and an invaluable addition to our understanding of modern Zimbabwe” - Scotland on Sunday
“A poignant portrait of the virtual destruction of Zimbabwe… Lamb’s achievement is to use this rich tale of the complex and moving relationship between the two central characters as a route through Zimbabwe’s history” - Sunday Telegraph
“CThe strength is in the storytelling, and Lamb, a fine reporter, tells it well… her book deserves to be read” - Daily Telegraph
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