Judith Todd’s New Zimbabwe Memoir: Courage, Humour and Hope
Judith Todd’s new memoir, Through the Darkness, takes readers from her family’s ranch outside Bulawayo to the inner sanctum of Robert Mugabe’s cabinet – and from there through a landscape of silenced people, who rely on a daily mix of courage, humour and hope to get by.
Her book is due out from Zebra this May.
Todd is the daughter of former Rodesian prime minister Sir Garfield Todd – and a noted “chimurenga” liberation struggle activist. As director of the Zimbabwe Project Trust, she worked for many years with the so-called “war veterans”, members of the former liberation armies. In 2003 she became one of the hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans stripped of their citizenship by the Mugabe regime.
For more than three decades, Todd has been at loggerheads with successive governments of Zimbabwe. After being jailed and then exiled by Ian Smith’s regime, she returned to her country in 1980 and soon realised that, far from being the solution to Zimbabwe’s ills, Robert Mugabe and Zanu (PF) were increasingly becoming the problem.
As the country slid into social and economic decline, Todd’s position as director of a local development agency gave her a unique vantage point from which to observe the increasing arrogance and cruelty of Zimbabwe’s leaders and the suffering and struggles of ordinary citizens.
Drawing from journals, letters and documents, and peopled with household names – from diplomats and politicians to international correspondents and liberation leaders – this is a fascinating personal account of life in Zimbabwe.
About the Author
Judith Todd was born and raised in the former Rhodesia and became a prominent citizen of the new state of Zimbabwe. She is a daughter of Sir Garfield Todd, erstwhile prime minister of colonial Southern Rhodesia and later appointed a senator by Mugabe.
She is the author of Rhodesia: An Act of Treason, the story of white Rhodesia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Britain in 1965, and The Right to Say No, about black Rhodesia’s rejection of an attempted settlement between the Rhodesian and British governments. Both books were banned in Rhodesia, but subsequently republished in Zimbabwe.
Todd now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Through the Darkness
by Judith Garfield Todd
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