Rainbow's End

Rainbow's End : A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm

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A captivating and haunting memoir by celebrated children's author Lauren St John about her childhood spent in rural Africa.In 1978, during the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhodesian War, 11-year-old Lauren St John moved with her family to Rainbow's End, and idyllic farm and game reserve on the banks of the Umfuli River. Obsessed with horses, pop stars and her pet giraffe, Lauren lived in an African paradise until the brutal murder of a school friend and the coming of independence forced her to confront the past - to realise that almost everything she'd believed about her country and her life had been a lie.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753829231
  • 9780753829233
  • 390,500

About Lauren St. John

Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir, and she grew up surrounded by animals, including eight horses, two warthogs and a pet giraffe. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she wrote the bestselling 'White Giraffe' series. 'Dead Man's Cove', the first in her new mystery series about 11-year-old detective, Laura Marlin, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Awards.Lauren's website is http://laurenstjohn.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohnshow more

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Lovingly recalled...St John powerfully conveys the implosion of her moral world, her complex disillusionment and her hard decision to leave this snake-rich Eden. * THE SUNDAY TIMES * Astonishingly evocative and wonderfully written. * DAILY MAIL * Packed with so much of Africa's sights, smells and sounds that the place - beloved, beautiful, and troubled - practically seeps from its pages. * CHICAGO TRIBUNE * A gripping account...told with depth and humour. St John comes of age amid a harrowing civil war and the dissolution of her parents' marriage. * VOGUE * This memoir works on many levels. It is a spot on account of coming of age in the 1970s, at once universal and intensely African. It also raises questions about the moral gymnastics of the time...Above all, this is a memoir of a country. It is a love letter to a harsh yet beautiful land, with invigorating prose soaked in African sunshine. Its poignancy stems from the way in which Lauren's attempts to work out who she is parallel her beloved nation's struggle to do the same. * NEW STATESMAN * This is a paean of praise for what Zimbabwe has lost, but might find again. It is also a heart-rending account of the searing, slow dissolution of marriage...This is an important book, worth reading for many reasons. * THE TIMES * Precise, evocative and funny. Even as the Smith regime crumbles, as Mugabe waits to exact revenge and you know disillusionment is going to follow, you are irresistibly drawn into this personal story...A fine book. * DAILY MAIL * A girl's-eye-view of life in 1970s Rhodesia: as powerful as Alexandra Fuller's classic Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight. * SUNDAY TIMES * Highly evocative, beautifully written...a world of striking colours...a tapestry of innocence, while the brutal reality of life encroaches into the travesty which is now modern Zimbabwe. * DAILY EXPRESS * The starkly honest memoirs of a white Rhodesian forced to face up to the racist, violent truth of her society...St. John's disarming frankness triumphs. * FINANCIAL TIMES * A captivating and haunting memoir * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER *show more

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