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Odd Man In: Mugabe's White Hand Man by Denis Norman

Denis Norman was born into an ordinary farming family in Oxfordshire, England in 1931, and 22 years later he travelled to Africa to become an assistant on a tobacco farm in Southern Rhodesia.Within a few years, he had bought his own farm, and had begun to rise through the ranks of the country’s agricultural administration.He was President of the Commercial Farmers’ Union when Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980 and, with no previous political affiliations, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in the inaugural Zimbabwean government.

In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice: A Memoir by Cephas G. Msipa

 It is a happiness shared by many: family members, friends and colleagues. Cephas Msipa’s memoirs take us back to his birth in Zvishavane in 1931, and they reflect a life dedicated to the welfare of others and the development of his country. Following secondary education at Dadaya Mission, he worked as a teacher in Zvishavane and Kwekwe, where he was active in the Rhodesian African Teachers Association, before moving to Harare in 1958.

 All For Nothing? My Life Remembered by C.G. Tracey

C.G. Tracey became a farmer at sixteen following the beginning of the Second World War. Entrepreneur, businessman, plant-breeder, racehorse-owner and breeder, sanctions-buster, chairman and director of many companies, husband, father and gentleman, C.G. was active and involved through the many unsettled years of Zimbabwe’s history: the Federation and its demise, Ian Smith’s UDI, international sanctions, the war of liberation, and the search to put the country on a sound footing after Zimbabwean independence in 1980.

The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira

Through the lives of Onai Moyo – a market woman and responsible mother, and her best friend Katy Nguni – a vendor and black-market currency dealer – we acquire an insight into the challenges that face those who only survive by their wits, their labour and their friendship. This richly detailed novel reveals how precarious the future was for the poor in 2005. However, if the lives of these two close friends are situated in a high-density suburb, Tagwira also introduces us to a wider cross-section of Zimbabwean society: Tom Sibanda, a young businessman and farmer, his girlfriend, Faith, a law student, Tom’s sister Emily, a doctor, and Mawaya, the ostensible beggar.