Kololo Hill

Neema Shah

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25 November 2021
9789390742394
352 pages

Synopsis

Nail-biting' INDEPENDENT

'Devastatingly beautiful' NIKITA GILL

'Impressive' NIKESH SHUKLA

Uganda 1972

A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return.

For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the
family business that Pran has worked so hard to save. For his mother, Jaya, it means saying goodbye to the house that has been her home for decades. But violence is escalating in Kampala, and people are disappearing. Will they all make it to safety in Britain and will they be given refuge if they do?

And all the while, a terrible secret about the expulsion hangs over them,
threatening to tear the family apart.

From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah’s extraordinarily moving debut explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.