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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041177
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Cry of the Go-Away Bird




A fresh and gripping debut about growing up in Zimbabwe during the recent years of violent change.

Elise loves the farm that is her home. There is always tea in the silver teapot, gin and tonics are served on the veranda and her days are spent listening to stories of spirits and charms told by her nanny, Beauty. As a young white girl growing up in Zimbabwe, her life is idyllic. However, this dream-world of her childhood cannot last. As Elise gets older, her eyes are opened to the complexities of adult life, both through the arrival of her step-father, and through her growing understanding of the tensions in Zimbabwean society. As the privileged existence of the white farmers begins to crumble into anarchy and farm invasions begin, Elise is forced to confront difficult choices and the ancient unforgiving ghosts of the past.

  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409041177
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Andrea Eames

Andrea Eames was born in 1985. She was brought up in Zimbabwe, where she attended a Jewish school for six years, a Hindu school for one, a Catholic convent school for two and a half, and then the American International School in Harare for two years. Andrea's family moved to New Zealand in 2002. Andrea has worked as a bookseller and editor and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband. Her first novel, The Cry of the Go-Away Bird, was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award.

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Praise for The Cry of the Go-Away Bird

A frank and unvarnished portrait of life behind the headlines, sharpened by details from the author's own Zimbabwean girlhood

Hephzibah Anderson, Daily Mail

Against a shocking backdrop if recent historical events, Andrea Eames has used a fresh, candid voice to create an intimate, sensitive and moving debut novel

Tina Jackson, Metro

Eames is a fluent and engaging writer and this debut novel signals real promise for her future.

Independent

This is a touching and assured debut, deceptively complex as Eames must work hard to get the balance between a young girl's development and the crisis in her home country just right, be careful not to let the personal either overwhelm or disappear. That she achieves this is a testament to her powers...Eames is definitely one to watch.

Scotsman

In her debut novel, Andrea Eames captures brilliantly the atmosphere of corroding trust that pervades the Coopers' farm...The sands of trust are forever shifting and Eames's description of how the two groups steer around and at times into each other crackles with tension and authenticity...Eames is a young writer with talent, whose novel tackles matters of substance.

Guardian

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