The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

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By Petina Gappah

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The story you have asked me to tell begins not with the ignominious ugliness of Lloyd’s death but on a long-ago day in April when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man.


19 Dec 2018


Quite a nice book but not brilliant. A lot of back story which was quite interesting and some other case histories and stories of prison life (author has a law degree), also interesting, and some Rhodesian/Zimbabwean history, ditto. All of these are difficult subjects, not least for the people living through them, yet the novel was quite an easy read. The actual story (if she didn't kill him then what did happen?) is a minimal part of the book and of course not revealed until the very end.

17 Mar 2016


I thought this a fascinating insight into a a different culture. The slow reveal of what really happened to Memory for her to end up on Death Row is haunting and sad, but it is a very worthwhile read.

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