Polly Hope: African childhoods, 8 August 2002
Show More Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood by Carolyn Slaughter.
Doubleday, 254 pp., £12.99, March 2002, 0 385 60344 4Show More
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.
Picador, 310 pp., £15.99, February 2002, 0 330 49023 0Show More
The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey by Rupert Isaacson.
Fourth Estate, 272 pp., £7.99, February 2002, 9781857028973Show More
“... hits hot earth. I know, without knowing why, that Mum would smack me if she saw me doing this.’ Rupert Isaacson grew up in England, and for all the tales of derring-do that his émigré South African parents told him, he could only dream of the smell of hot earth. On occasional childhood holidays in Africa, he was seduced by its bizarre beauty ...”