In 1956, some seven years after she departed for England, Doris Lessing returned home to Southern Rhodesia. It was a journey that was both personal - a revisiting of a land and people she knew - and, inevitably, political: Southern Rhodesia was now part of the Central African Federation, where the tensions between colonialism and self-determination were at their most deeply felt.
'Going Home' is a book that combines journalism, reportage and memoir, humour, farce and tragedy; a book fired by the love of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers for a country and a continent that she felt compelled to leave.
'... she has captured the sight and sound and smell of Africa, and put it down on paper so that it may become real and tangible to those who have never set foot on African soil. This perhaps is her greatest achievement.' Sunday Times
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