Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller

3.96 based on 33 ratings & 4 reviews on Goodreads.com

2002 Nominee

Guardian First Book Award

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01 January 2015
9781447275084
336 pages
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.

Like Frank McCourt, Fuller writes with devastating humour and directness about desperate circumstances . . . tender, remarkable

Daily Telegraph

A book that deserves to be read for generations

Guardian