By Christina Lamb
Blue mountains, golden fields, gin and tonics at the terrace--once it had appeared the main idyllic position on the earth. yet through August 2002, Marondera, in japanese Zimbabwe, were became a bloody battleground, the guts of a violent crusade. One vivid morning, Nigel Hough, one of many few last white farmers, bought the scoop he have been dreading. A crowd of warfare veterans used to be at his gates, difficult he quit his domicile. The mob began a hearth and dragged him to an outhouse. To his surprise, the chief of the invaders used to be his family’s much-loved nanny Aqui. “Get out or we’ll kill you,” she acknowledged. “There is not any position for whites during this country.”
Christina Lamb exposed the dazzling saga she tells in House of Stone while touring from side to side to document clandestinely on Zimbabwe. Her strong narrative strains the heritage of the brutal civil warfare, independence, and the Mugabe years, throughout the lives of 2 humans on opposing facets. even if born inside a number of miles of one another, their adventure becoming up couldn't were extra diverse. whereas Nigel performed cricket and piloted his personal aircraft, Aqui grew up in a dirt hut, slumbering at the flooring along with her brothers and sisters. “They had vehicles and went buying in South Africa. We didn’t have meals and needed to stroll an hour every one option to fetch water,” she remembers.
House of Stone (“dzimba dza mabwe” or “Zimbabwe” in Shona) is predicated on a notable sequence of interviews with this white farmer and black nanny, set opposed to the backdrop of the final British colony to turn into self sustaining, and the descent into insanity of Robert Mugabe, one in every of Africa’s most valuable nationalist leaders.