/ Lead title / Includes PS Section A powerful and intensely human insight into the civil war in Zimbabwe, focusing on a white farmer and his maid who find themselves on opposing sides. / A remarkable tale of envy, betrayal and love that provides a fascinating perspective on the civil war in Zimbabwe. / Christina Lamb won 2001 Foreign Affairs Writer of the Year and has been shortlisted as Journalist of the Year by British Press Awards. / 'The Africa House', has sold over 15,000 in hardback and 70,000 in paperback. / Lamb won Young Journalist of the Year for her reports from Afghanistan in the late 1980s.
Christina Lamb is Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times. She was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in all the British media awards in 2002 for her reporting on the war on terrorism. She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan a country she has been reporting on since she was 21, News Reporter of the Year, Foreign Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards and What the Papers Say Awards. Her knowledge of Afghanistan spans 16 years and her contacts in the region are unrivalled. She is the author of the best-selling The Africa House as well as Waiting For Allah - Pakistan's struggle for democracy, The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years and House of Stone. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and inveterate traveller, she was educated at Oxford University from which she holds a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. She is married with a young son and lives between London and Portugal.
Two very different lives run in parallel in award-winning British journalist Lamb's riveting account of Zimbabwe's brutal civil war in the 1970s, "the elation of becoming the last British colony in Africa to win independence [in 1980]... and then the descent into madness." By alternating chapters from the perspectives of Aqui Shamvi, a poor black woman, and Nigel Hough, a wealthy white man, Lamb (The Africa House) brings both the personal and the political home to the reader. Her level tone and everyday language make the dramatic story all the more compelling. Though Aqui and Nigel are linked for a few years by her employment as his children's nanny, their lives mostly move along very separate paths as black Africans are dispossessed by the colonialist Land Acts, urban black quarters are demolished under President Robert Mugabe's orders and violent squatters occupy white-owned land. Lamb's indictment of Mugabe and his African enforcers and European enablers is complete; however, she achieves remarkable balance and demonstrates an extraordinary capacity to take the reader into the racism- and colonialism-torn worlds of two decent people, neither at home in their native land. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Lamb is a careful observer, and her anguished refrain is the terrible schizophrenia of people who fiercely love their land but do nothing to save it!the strength is in the storytelling!it is a good piece of reportage!her book deserves to be read.' Daily Telegraph 'Lamb's achievement is to present the modern story of Zimbabwe through convincing portraits from across the racial divide. It takes great insight and considerable imaginative powers to describe the unfolding story from both sides, but this she manages with complete conviction!consummate storyteller that she is, Lamb finds some ray of hope for her protagonists.' Sunday Times 'Riveting!Lamb's book tells a disaster story on a massive scale.' Daily Mail 'Compelling!Lamb has a remarkable pair of stories to tell, and does so extremely well.' The Spectator 'A perceptive account of Zimbabwean history since the colonial days.' Times Literary Supplement