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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.