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This searingly honest memoir describes growing up on an African farm during the Rhodesian Bush War and the twilight years of white colonialism in the 1970s. It also explores the shock and euphoria of Zimbabwean independence in the 1980s as St John navigates her way through the immense personal and political changes. The abundance and beauty of Africa and its people, as well as childhood innocence, are superbly contrasted with the insidiousness of racism, war and nationalist propaganda to create an unforgettable listen - eloquent, affecting, and utterly spellbinding.
©2006 Lauren St. John; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

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Paradise Relived

I too am a "child of Africa" although I now live in Australia. What an amazingly beautiful and honest account of growing up in paradise with tragedy and death as your constant companions. The author has put into words the thoughts and experiences of many who were priviledged enough to grow up in Africa, especially during this unique period in history. What an incredibly insightful young person she must have been and how fortunate for us that she has been able to put these memoirs down in words for us to share in. She not only expresses her own thoughts, hopes and fears but also feels a special empathy for those who would have been seen by many as the enemy and in so doing gives expression to their hopes and fears. I would also like to commend the narrator who gave voice to St John's beautifully written account. Her voice and expression were in my view just perfect for telling this tale and bringing it to life.

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  • Cindy
  • 05-21-15

I can smell Africa from here

If you have ever lived in Rhodesia or Zimbabwe, this is a must .... If you have never been, this will take you their in an instant