Tea, Scones, and Malaria
A memoir of growing up in Africa.
“Tea, Scones, and Malaria” is the phenomenal true account of one girl’s extraordinary upbringing in the rough and feral bushveld of 1950s and 60s Rhodesia. Moving from one makeshift camp to the next, the family follows Dad, a bridge builder for the government, deep into the heart of elephant and cheetah country.
“We ran barefoot in the bush and swam in crocodile infested rivers. We shared our tents with snakes, scorpions, and jerrymunglums. There was no electricity, no hospitals, and no schools in the bush. How I survived it all, I will never know.”
Hilarious, touching, raw, and deeply honest, this memoir records the journey from child to teenager to woman against the backdrop of a vanishing world, as Rhodesia begins its long and tumultuous transition into the independent country of Zimbabwe.
“Tea, Scones, and Malaria” is the winner of a Firebird Award for 2021 for memoir.