'Rainbow's End farm was a heavenly garden soaked in blood, or a fool's paradise, depending on how you looked at it.' This searingly honest memoir describes growing up on an African farm during the 'Rhodesian Bush War' and the twilight years of white colonialism in the 1970s. It also explores the shock yet euphoria of Zimbabwean independence in the 1980s as St John navigates her way through the immense personal and political changes. The abundance and beauty of Africa and its people as well as childhood innocence are superbly contrasted with the insidiousness of racism, war and nationalist propaganda to create an unforgettable read - eloquent, affecting and utterly spellbinding.
Lauren St John was born in Rhodesia in 1966. She studied journalism in Harare before settling in the UK in 1987, where she worked initially for the Sunday Times. She is the author of several highly acclaimed books on music and sport, including Out of Bounds which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and her first children's novel was published in 2006.