309pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2002) 2015
The first part of Alexandra Fuller's family memoir. She was born in England in 1969 and moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with her family when she was two. In 1980 her family moved to Malawi and then Zambia. She emigrated to the USA in 1994. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight won the Winifred Holbty Memorial Prize in 2002. Her second book, Scribbling the Cat: travels with an African soldier, won the 2006 Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.
"Perceptive, generous, political, tragic, funny, stamped through with a passionate love for Africa...[Fuller] has a faultless hotline to her six-year-old self and a concise, almost throwaway poetic turn of phrase." Independent
"Her prose is fierce, unsentimental, sometimes puzzled, and disconcertingly honest...it is Fuller's clear vision, even of the most unpalatable facts, that gives her book its strength. It deserved to find a place alongside Olive Schreiner, Karen Blixen and Doris Lessing." Sunday Telegraph