Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Picador Classic

3.96 based on 39194 ratings & 2640 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 15.12.2014
ISBN: 9781447275091
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

With an introduction by Anne Enright

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, a story of civil war and a family's unbreakable bond.

How you see a country depends on whether you are driving through it, or live in it. How you see a country depends on whether or not you can leave it, if you have to.

As the daughter of white settlers in war-torn 1970s Rhodesia, Alexandra Fuller remembers a time when a schoolgirl was as likely to carry a shotgun as a satchel. This is her story - of a civil war, of a quixotic battle with nature and loss, and of a family's unbreakable bond with the continent that came to define, scar and heal them.

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2002, Alexandra Fuller's classic memoir of an African childhood is suffused with laughter and warmth even amid disaster. Unsentimental and unflinching, but always enchanting, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is the story of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

In the media

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 deserves to find a place alongside Olive Schreiner, Karen Blixen and Doris Lessing
Sunday Telegraph
Like Frank McCourt, Fuller writes with devastating humour and directness about desperate circumstances . . . tender, remarkable
Daily Telegraph
This enchanting book is destined to become a classic of Africa and of childhood
Sunday Times