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New additions to my “Zimbabwe” reading collection

I ordered these books last week and they arrived today. Very excited to start reading these new additions to my “Zimbabwe” collection.

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Some advice for writers, from Anne Lamott

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently finished reading the book ‘Bird By Bird’ by Anne Lamott. I’ve extracted some quotes from the book which I found interesting and helpful. Here goes:

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Book Review: ‘Dinner With Mugabe’ by Heidi Holland

A family holiday in December 1996 took us to Kariba the Zimbabwean tourist town located a few kilometres from the border with Zambia. It is home to Lake Kariba, a vast and impressive dam teeming with animal and plant life, favoured by tourists and vital for the supply of hydroelectricity. We stayed at a small […]

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‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’: final excerpt

In the final chapter of the book, author Michela Wrong laments the prevailing attitude amongst Western donors who have, by and large, been more interested in disbursing ever-larger sums of money to recipient nations than in ensuring accountability frameworks are adhered to. She suggests that Western qualms and sensitivities are in fact encouraging political elites to become more brazen in their […]

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‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’: insightful and easy-to-read

I’ve just finished reading Michela Wrong’s ‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’, an insightful and easy-to-read book on state corruption in Kenya. I like her style. One interesting thought from the book … state corruption as a threat to national security. I’d never really given much thought to that. She writes: “Corruption can reach a point […]

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Rich and poor, side by side

An excerpt from ‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’ (p148), a book by Michela Wrong: Among the most squalid the continent has to offer, these settlements nuzzle against well-heeled residential areas in provocative intimacy. ‘What’s striking about Nairobi is that each wealthy neighbourhood lies cheek by jowl with a slum,’ remarks former MP Paul Muite. ‘It’s […]