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Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Memoir (HarperCollins)

Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Memoir (HarperCollins)

Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood, of an idyll which became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the bitterness of exile in Britain and the terrible consequences of her dissident father's stand against tyranny.

Forna’s search for the truth that shaped both her childhood and the nation’s destiny begins among the country’s elite and took her into the heart of the rebel territory. Determined to break the silence surrounding her father’s fate, she ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that penetrated the highest reaches of government and forced the nation’s politicians and judiciary to confront their guilt.

About the Author

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is a journalist broadcaster and TV presenter. As an impressive speaker she has won several awards and one of her programmes on foreign adoption promoted a change in the law. Forna has previously contributed to ‘Itzin’s Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties’ (OUP) and ‘Conversations with Maya Angelou’ (Virago). She lives in London.