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Our Kind of People

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848545199

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HIV/AIDS is more divisive and destructive than any other disease – tearing apart communities and ostracising the afflicted. Award-winning novelist Uzodinma Iweala embarks on a remarkable journey around the African continent meeting individuals and communities that are struggling daily with the disease. He meets people from all walks of life, from sex workers to the truck drivers who frequent them; from the doctors and nurses who tend the sick; to the children orphaned by the illness and their adoptive families. He meets the wives of husbands with HIV and the husbands of wives with the virus.

Beautifully written and heart-breakingly honest, Our Kind of People goes behind the headlines of this epidemic to show the real lives affected by it, illuminating the scope of the crisis and a continent’s desperate struggle.

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'A sobering, ultimately optimistic exploration of a crisis amplified by poverty and misinformation'
Independent on Sunday
'Searingly honest, you'll find it hard not to be touched by the award-winning novelist and doctor Uzodinma Iweala's account of the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa'
Pride Magazine
'This sad, unforgettable novel is a fitting testament to the countless Agus who continue to kill and be killed across that most tragic of continents.'
Daily Telegraph on BEASTS
'A simple and brutal account of war ... Beasts of No Nation is a raw, compelling first novel'
Literary Review on BEASTS
'In this unassuming but important book, Uzodinma Iweala gives the AIDS pandemic not just a human face but a human voice'
Times Literary Supplement
'A searing first novel'
Independent on BEASTS
'Beasts of No Nation is written with the authority of someone who knows what they're talking about'
London Review of Books on BEASTS
'Gives a name, a voice and a heart to one of Africa's innumerable child soldiers ... This is urgent writing, starkly unsentimental and convincing'
Observer on BEASTS
'Stream-like sentences that convey irrestible, rushing activitiy ... Iweala's powerful debut recalls Saro-Wiwa's first-person masterpiece of a soldier-boy'
The Times on BEASTS
This is a work of visceral urgency and power: it heralds the arrival of a major talent
Amitav Ghosh on BEASTS
'So scorched by loss and anger that it's hard to hold and so gripping in its sheer hopeless lifeforce that it's hard to put down.'
Ali Smith, Guardian, on BEASTS
'This is an extraordinary book ... horrifying expose ... vivid ... It casts a powerful, if gruesome spell'
Sunday Telegraph, on BEASTS