Polly Hope: African childhoods
8 August 2002
Show More Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood by Carolyn Slaughter.
Doubleday, 254 pp., £12.99, March 2002, 0 385 60344 4Show More
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.
Picador, 310 pp., £15.99, February 2002, 0 330 49023 0Show More
The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey by Rupert Isaacson.
Fourth Estate, 272 pp., £7.99, February 2002, 9781857028973Show More
“... with AK-47s: it erupted among your parents and their friends. Almost every week the Sunday papers would report another classic white African murder: drunken father kills wife, children, self. CarolynSlaughter and Alexandra Fuller’s memoirs of ‘an African childhood’ try, indirectly, to explain how generations of white people who ‘knew what was best for their Africans’ got it so wrong ...”