Memories of hilarity and heartbreak in old Rhodesia

Memories of hilarity and heartbreak in old Rhodesia
Alexander Fuller with her parents: her third volume of autobiography is a wry and fascinating read

Leaving Before The Rains Come. By Alexandra Fuller. Harvill Secker, €17.

No matter how erratic a family they come from, there is always a time when every child wants to identity a tangible belief that ties their family into the normal discourse of “respectable” thinking.

In 1977, aged eight, Alexandra Fuller arrived home from Sunday school in what was then Rhodesia. The missionary preacher had made her draw a handmade poster of the Ten Commandments. Her father looked up from cleaning his gun to tip away...

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