Read by Tracy Ann Oberman.
A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five 'learn(ed) how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill'.
With a unique and subtle sensitivity to racial issues, Fuller describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes. Curfews and war, mosquitoes, land mines, ambushes and 'an abundance of leopards' are the stuff of this childhood.
'Dad has to go out into the bush . . . and find terrorists and fight them'; Mum saves the family from an Egyptian spitting cobra; they both fight 'to keep one country in Africa white-run'. The 'A' schools ('with the best teachers and facilities') are for white children; 'B' Schools serve 'children who are neither black nor white'; and 'C' schools are for black children.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 2003
- 142 x 113mm