When A Crocodile Eats the Sun
by Peter Godwin
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Peter Godwin, an award-winning author, is on a mission in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his hometown.Her father is seriously ill; she fears that he is dyingGodwin finds his country, once a post-colonial success story, by descending into the whirlwind of violence and racial hatredHis father recovers him, but in the next few years Godwin moves regularly between his family life in Manhattan and the increasing chaos in Zimbabwe, with the rise of inflation and land grabs making famine a very real risk.It is against this backdrop that Godwin discovers a fifty-year-old family secret, the one who changes everything he thought he knew about his father, and his own place in the worldPeter Godwin’s book combines vivid reporting, moving personal stories and revealing memories, and traces of his family’s quest to belong in hostile lands – a quest that spans three continents and half a century`ForwardGodwin clearly loves Africa, and he captures the disconcerting rebellious contradictions of its people, their cruelty and unexpected kindness, their nobility of spirit in the face of appalling conditions, with humor and grace “Daily Mail” A wonderful bookbeautifully written, packed with insight and free of resentment the “Literary Review” A strong, heroic booktoo lively and too much at the centre of our concerns to ignore’ Edmund White
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