Kololo Hill (Hardback)
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Kololo Hill (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 18/02/2021
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Set during the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by Idi Amin, Shah’s stunning debut tracks a fleeing family from Kampala to London in an emotionally acute exploration of the power of home and the fear of fresh starts.   

'[An] incredible debut' Stylist

'Shah is excellent on the theme of home . . . an absorbing storyteller' Daily Mail


When you're left with nothing but your secrets, how do you start again?

Uganda 1972


A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return.

For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the family business that Pran has worked so hard to save. For his mother, Jaya, it means saying goodbye to the house that has been her home for decades. But violence is escalating in Kampala, and people are disappearing. Will they all make it to safety in Britain and will they be given refuge if they do?

And all the while, a terrible secret about the expulsion hangs over them, threatening to tear the family apart.

From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah's extraordinarily moving debut Kololo Hill explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529030501
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An impressive, confident debut about family and survival, against the backdrop of a history that is not written about often enough. -- Nikesh Shukla
Devastatingly beautiful . . . every sentence is a revelation. -- Nikita Gill, author of The Girl and the Goddess
This is a novel about home, about belonging and exile; a compelling and complex insight into a recent past that still resonates. * Irish Times *
Shah explores the chaos and fear of ordinary people's lives during Amin's rule, weaving personal stories of love and betrayal into heightening tension and violence . . . nail-biting. * Independent *
Utterly heartbreaking and so moving . . . a thoughtful reflection on what home and belonging mean. -- Haleh Agar, author of Out of Touch
A moving portrayal of a family uprooted from a life they have worked so hard for. At times devastating, I found myself gripped to this story rooted in our history yet scarily still relevant. -- Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City
Kololo Hill offers a glimpse into a terrifying and fascinating period of history. Neema Shah evokes Amin's Uganda and early 1970s suburban England with both nuance and a fresh and wonderful vivacity. This is a book with a huge amount of heart; I was entirely captured by the stories of Asha, Jaya and Vijay. Their dreams and dilemmas resonate with many of today's key questions around culture, identity and the places - and people - we can each call 'home'. -- Joanne Sefton, author of The Guilty Friend
A searing, timely, and beautifully written tale of displacement, the meaning of home, and developing identity across generations. I loved it. -- Stephanie Scott, author of What's Left Of Me Is Yours

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Hardback

“Kololo Hill”

This one is a moving read. I couldn’t imagine being told that I have to leave everything I hold dear behind and head to a country I may not be welcome. A wonderful debut novel that is beautifully written. I really... More

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“A sparkling debut”

Neema Shah’s debut explores the themes of home, belonging and immigration about an Asian family in Uganda.

The story is told through perspectives of three main characters– newly married Asha, her mother-in-law Jaya... More

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“Faced with the threat of imprisonment by Idi Amin this novel is a story of the forced flight from Uganda of 90,000 Asians in the mid 20th century”

Kololo Hill was a residential area in Kampala occupied by wealthy Asians who migrated to Uganda in the mid 20th century and established successful businesses. Regrettably this visible wealth was to be their downfall... More

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