Book Review: The Odd Man In – Mugabe’s White Hand Man by Denis Norman

The Odd Man In by Denis Norman

The Odd Man In by Denis Norman

The Odd Man In, understated and direct, reaches out to all Zimbabweans. It is a respectful testimony by a man who served as an independent government minister for seventeen years in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

It is a record of events from the inside.

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The Struggle Continues – 50 years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe (by David Coltart)

The Struggle Continues - 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe by David Coltart

The Struggle Continues – 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe by David Coltart

This is a tale of stubborn politics, war, courage, resilience, legal challenge, and hope. It tells of the evolution of a young democracy, and the consequences of decisions that have shaped that process.

The author, David Coltart, born and raised in Zimbabwe, is an experienced lawyer and politician who still lives in the country. He writes with a style that is clear and controlled, one that allows the subject to reveal itself.

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Harmony and Discord in Africa – Memories of Childhood in Southern Rhodesia by Mark Huleatt-James

Harmony and Discord in Africa by Mark Huleatt-James

Harmony and Discord in Africa by Mark Huleatt-James

This is about a time and a childhood place not far from my own.

Harmony and Discord in Africa, despite its title, is not a political book but rather a slice of ‘home history’ about a boy, his family and their life on a farm in the young British colony of Southern Rhodesia .

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Book review: Wild is Life – Reaching out (by Sally Carney)

Wild is Life by Sally Carney

Front cover of Wild is Life by Sally Carney

Wild is Life – Reaching Out is about an animal sanctuary that has grown out of the turmoil that swept through Zimbabwe a few years before the millennium.

It is an inspiring, intimate photographic record of a home-made haven that started small – mongoose size – and then stretched. By the end of the book it is giraffe high … and the elephants have come.

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Book Review: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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NoViolet Bulawayo is 31-year-old Elizabeth Tshele who left Zimbabwe for America at the age of 18.  She is currently based at Stanford University in California.  We Need New Names was recently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.  Published by Chatto & Windus.  E-book available.

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Book Review: The Dust Diaries, An African Story by Owen Sheers

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INNOCENT VICTIMS: by Catherine Buckle: Extract 4

 

Innocent Victims by Catherine Buckle

Innocent Victims by Catherine Buckle

Innocent Victims is set in Zimbabwe where a violently enforced land redistribution programme spilled across the country’s farms at the turn of the millennium. The author, Catherine Buckle, weaves together first hand accounts of Meryl Harrison’s struggle to help the animals trapped in the midst of the chaos.

This is the final extract from Innocent Victims to be posted on The Phraser.  In it there is a reference to Rupert Fothergill * who, in the 1950s, led the rescue of the animals endangered by the rising water of the new Kariba Dam.

The extract that follows is copyrighted material.

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