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The Colours that Blind Reviews

The Colours that Blind by Rutendo Tavengerwei

The Colours That Blind

Rutendo Tavengerwei

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Hot Key Books
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 7 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781471408182

She is scarred, in more ways than one, but her memory is a treasure trove - and her stories of Zimbabwe's war for independence are a long, long way from the history Tumirai has heard before. From the author of HOPE IS OUR ONLY WING.

4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
13 Jun 2020

"I can’t recommend it enough"

Tavengerwei lived in Zimbabwe until she was 18 and her family were deeply affected by the war. The easy detail, authentic dialogue, nuance and humour reflects that as Tavengerwei draws characters that are conflicted, compassionate, but never obvious mouthpieces. I can’t recommend it enough.


4 stars out of 5

"an eloquent plea for acceptance and reconciliation"

In this story of present-day Zimbabwe and conflict-riven Rhodesia, talented swimmer Tumi is mistrusted for his albinism; his own uncle even connives at his kidnap. Sent to stay with his grandmother Thandiwe, Tumi mistrusts her in turn – until reading her story helps him understand what they share. Tragedy, hatred and atrocity are shown with unflinching directness, but Tavengerwei’s second novel is also an eloquent plea for acceptance and reconciliation.