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  1. The Cry of the Go-Away Bird
    The Cry of the Go-Away Bird
    The Cry of the Go-Away Bird
    The Cry of the Go-Away Bird
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  2. The Cry of the Go-Away Bird

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A fresh and gripping debut about growing up in Zimbabwe during the recent years of violent change

Elise loves the farm that is her home; she loves playing with beetles and chameleons in the garden, buying sweets from the village shop, and listening to the stories of spirits and charms told by her nanny, Beauty. As a young white girl in 1990s Zimbabwe, her life is idyllic. Her clothes are always clean and ironed, there is always tea in the silver teapot, gin and tonics are served on the veranda, and, in theory at least, black and white live in harmony. However this dream-world of her childhood cannot last. As Elise gets older, her eyes are opened to the complexities of adult existence, both through the changes wrought in her family by the arrival of her stepfather Steve, and through her growing understanding of the tensions in Zimbabwean society. As Mugabe's presidency turns sour, the privileged world of the white farmers begins to crumble into anarchy. This novel follows Elise as she attempts to make sense of her place in the world while her family struggle to stay afloat in the collapsing economy and escalating horror that surrounds them. As the violence intensifies and the farm invasions begin, Elise and her family are forced to confront difficult choices and the ancient unforgiving ghosts of the past.


Andrea Eames
Random House UK
Random House UK
Random House UK
Random House UK
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Being from Zimbabwe I enjoyed this honest and freshly written book from a child''s point of view, caught up in events that are beyond her control and often beyond her comprehension. I would certainly recommend it
This book is worth reading just to get an understanding of what it was like in Zimbabwe for white farmers during the early stages of the Mugabe regime. It's very suspenseful and clever.

As a New Zealander, I well remember a large number of white Zimbabweans migrating here in the 1990s, although at the time I had no idea what they'd been through (I was about 15 at the time). It turns out the author was one of those migrants (albeit a child at the time) and she now lives in my town.

This book has really helped me understand why those people "with the strange accents" (!) joined our community, and what they had goone through before they arrived on our shores.
Very well written account of the experience of white farmers in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, told from the perspective of a young teenage girl. Narrator Elise has never given much thought to being an 'ethnic minority' - her family are on good terms with their servants, the boss chats with his workers in their language - even her best schoolfriend is black.

But the author does an excellent job of cranking up the tension as things start to change: from her stepfather's initial dismissing of events as 'just a lot of spear rattling before the election', to Elise's awareness that 'Living in Zimbabwe was like having a demanding younger brother or sister. it was loud, disruptive and badly behaved. It...ruined family holidays and dinner conversations, kept everyone up at night worrying about its future.'

Quick but powerful read.
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