3 May ‘BOEKKLUB’: ALEXANDRA FULLER – A RHODESIAN CHILDHOOD
In conversation with: Ingrid Winterbach. She grows up during the bush war that helped turn Rhodesia into Zimbabwe – the family’s bombproof Landrover is nicknamed Lucy. She survives a terrible, avoidable death that turns her funloving Scottish mother into a crazy drunk and for which she, as a child of eight, feels responsible … These last days of colonialism are at the heart of Alexandra Fuller’s internationally acclaimed 2002 memoir, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight. She talks to Ingrid about a world of taboos and projected shame, about living in Wyoming after being separated from her all-American husband, and ‘the beautiful and terrible’ she wrestles with in writing.