1972, and as a result of the 90 day decree by Idi Amin against Ugandan Asians, recently-married Asha finds herself fleeing Uganda with her in-laws. Before they leave the country, the family tries to help their house boy, December – who is in even greater danger than they. As Asha starts to rebuild her life in a London suburb, she remains troubled. As she seeks the truth about that night the soldiers came for December, she uncovers a devastating secret that threatens to tear her already disparate family apart. From the red earth of Kampala to the terraced houses of London, this confident debut explores what it is to be forcibly displaced, and how far we will go to protect those we love. With echoes of Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Kololo Hill was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2018. This is primarily the story of a family and what happens to families when they are told they must leave the place they call home and, with a handful of different passports between them, realise that they won’t be able to stay together.
Praise for Kololo Hill:
“It is understated and authentic, eloquent and heartfelt, warm and wise” – Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones
“The characters are beautifully realised and their stories bring history to life with poignancy and richness of detail.” – Jenny Moore, author of Audrey Orr & The Robot Rage