Mukiwa

The award-winning memoir of a white boy growing up in Rhodesia during the country's bloody transition to majority rule.

Peter Godwin grew up in Rhodesia in the 1960s, dimly aware of the divisions that would lead to civil war. His parents were liberal whites - his mother a government-employed doctor and his father an engineer.  His childhood was spent among African children who could never be his friends. Through his innocent, young eyes the story of the end of white rule in Africa unfolds.

The memoir follows Godwin's personal journey from the eve of war in Rhodesia to his experience fighting in the civil war that he detests, to his adventures as a journalist in the new state of Zimbabwe covering the bloody return to Black rule. After a period studying law in England, Peter returned to Zimbabwe to report for the Sunday Times on tribal atrocities in Matabeleland.

Paperback 418 pages. Published 2007.