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A Passage to Africa by George Alagiah

A Passage to Africa

by George Alagiah

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George Alagiah, the well-known BBC news reporter looks into various events in the recent history and politics of Africa. He writes from an interesting viewpoint having been brought up partly in Ghana and therefore calling himself an 'honorary' African, this is a knowlegable and very personal account.

Chapter by chapter he looks at events in a range of countries, Ghana itself, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa to name just some. He deals with some heavy topics, some traumatic stories, but always in an interesting and very readable way.

I'm not normally a great reader of non-fiction, but this was recommended to me, and I can quite see why! ( )
  CaroTheLibrarian | Jul 29, 2007 |
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As a five-year-old, George Alagiah emigrated with his family to Ghana—the first African country to attain independence from the British Empire. A Passage to Africa is Alagiah's shattering catalogue of atrocities crafted into a portrait of Africa that is infused with hope, insight, and outrage. In vivid and evocative prose and with a fine eye for detail, Alagiah's viewpoint is spiked with the freshness of the young George on his arrival in Ghana, the wonder with which he recounts his first impressions of Africa, and the affection with which he dresses his stories of his early family life. A sense of possibility lingers, even though the book is full of uncomfortable truths. It is a book neatly balanced on his integrity and sense of obligation in his role as a writer and reporter.

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'A Passage to Africa' is George Alagiah's catalogue of atrocities crafted into a portrait of Africa infused with hope, insight and courage. His viewpoint is spiked with the freshness of the young George on his arrival in Ghana.

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