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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Roar Africa is eagerly awaiting the release of our friend Douglas Rogers' book The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe. Doug's impressive travel writing resume pre-qualifies his book for our reading list. Or is it the beers shared over the squat-years in London or in South Africa a decade or more ago?

We will also be hosting an event with Doug later this year. Watch the blog for details.

Here's a little about The Last Resort:

The Last Resort is a dark, comic, true-life thriller about Lyn and Ros Rogers, white Africans of many generations, struggling to hold on to their game farm and backpacker lodge in Robert Mugabe's war-torn Zimbabwe. Travel writer Douglas Rogers returns to the family farm from his home in Brooklyn, New York to discover that marijuana is growing instead of maize; prostitutes, diamond dealers, and refugee farmers prop up the lodge bar, and war veterans and youth militia loyal to Mugabe hover outside the gates.

In going back Rogers discovers the "big story" he had traveled the world in search of is taking place in his parents' back yard.

Thrilling, heartbreaking, and at times absurdly funny, The Last Resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege, and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit.

Published by Crown/Random House.
Out on September 22, 2009.
Pre-order now at
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Blogger Rob Breen said...

For a small flavor of the book please read this article of Doug's recently published in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine in the UK about a diamond dealer he met in Drifters, the lodge on his parent's farm:

May 26, 2009 at 2:37 PM  

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