Author(s): Aminatta Forna
From being one of the greatest hopes of Africa, Sierra Leone became one of the world's poorest countries, with an average life expectancy of 30. This is intimate portrait of a family, combined with an account of the post-independence period, is deeply moving. As a child in the 1960s, Aminatta Forna saw bricks thrown through the windows of her Abderdeen home - but her subsequent childhood in Sierra Leone was idyllic. After her father resigned as deputy prime minister to protest a Government move, his family fled back to Britain and he was hanged for treason. Forna is a journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter. She has won several awards and one of her programmes on foreign adoption promoted a change in the law. She has previously contributed to ItzinÃ¢Â�Â�s Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties (OUP) and Conversations with Maya Angelou (Virago).
Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize 2003 and BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003.
'This is a book of quite extraordinary power and beauty. Aminatta Forna has excavated not only her memory but the hidden recesses of the heart' FERGAL KEANE 'An extraordinary and gripping story... Aminatta Forna's book glows with compassion. A modern classic, of which her courageous father would have been proud' PETER GODWIN, author of Mukiwa 'An engrossing account of pain, love and discovery that had the capacity not only to make me understand but also to move me to tears' -- GILLIAN SLOVO, author of Every Secret Thing 'I had tears in my eyes almost the whole way through, although it is the least sentimental of books... Aminatta Forna manages, quite brilliantly, to evoke not only all the honour and pity that is in her family's story, but its beauty and tenderness too' -- KATIE HICKMAN, author of Daughters of Britannia
Aminatta Forna is a journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter. As an impressive speaker she has won several awards and one of her programmes on foreign adoption promoted a change in the law. She has written Mother of All Myths, a political, social and philosophical study of motherhood, and has also contributed to Itzin's Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties (OUP) and Conversations with Maya Angelou (Virago).