Mukiwa by Peter Godwin

About the book

Peter Godwin grew up in Rhodesia in the 1960s, dimly aware of the divisions that would lead to civil war. This book tells of the guerilla killings, Godwin’s conscription into the army aged 17, and his return to Zimbabwe as a reporter for the “Sunday Times” after studying law in England.

Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI reading group:

Excellent book. Really brought home the present problems. Educational. Well written; Group will read follow-up books.

Star rating: ****

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2 thoughts on “Mukiwa by Peter Godwin”

  1. Review by KYC Reading Group:
    An exciting ‘page turner’ – an adventive story, yes, but also an insiders memoir of the horrific trauma that was the changeover from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. Written with great clarity, tinged with sadness. Well worth a read.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Museum Book Group:
    A superb read. The author’s account of growing up in Rhodesia and the final transfer of power. His schooldays and boyhood belonging to both white and African people, told with humour and realism. His relationships are well drawn and one senses the people in a terrible dilemma. Africa, the space, tribal lore and how he handles them make one realise how it was to be there.
    Star rating: ****

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