Dizzy Worms: An African Tale

Dizzy Worms: An African Tale

by Michael Holman


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Dizzy Worms: An African Tale by Michael Holman

Charity Mupanga, the resilient and maternal proprietor of Harrods International Bar (and Nightspot) faces her toughest challenge in Dizzy Worms, the final novel in Michael Holman's acclaimed trilogy set in the African slum of Kireba. Faced with a Health and Safety closure, Charity has a week to appeal and the chances of success seem negligible: elections are imminent, and Kireba is due to become a showcase of President Josiah Nduka's 'slum rehabilitation program', backed by gullible foreign donors. But before taking on Nduka and the council, she has a promise to keep – to provide a supply of her famous sweet doughballs to a small army of street children, as voracious as they are malodorous . . . Michael Holman uses his witty satirical pen to brilliant effect in this affectionate portrait of a troubled region, targeting local politicians, western diplomats, foreign donors and journalists, puncturing pretensions and questioning the philosophy of aid.

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ISBN-13: 9781846971532
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Holman was brought up in Zimbabwe. He was Africa editor of the Financial Times from 1984 until 2002; between 1977 and 1984 he was the Financial Times' Africa correspondent, based in Lusaka, Zambia. Michael is a respected freelance journalist and continues to travel extensively in Africa.

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cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Dizzy Worms is the third book in the Kuwisha Trilogy by author Michael Holman. Once again set in the slum of Kireba in the East African nation of Kuwisha, it updates readers on the lives of their favourite bar owners micro lender, street boys, journalist and aid worker some twelve months after the events of the first two books. Charity Mupanga ponders many things: what effect the planned slum conversion of Kireba to low-cost housing will have on their lives; how to get around the sudden cement shortage to build her waterless, fly-proof bush toilets; why her glue-sniffing street boys are stealing sugar from her store; and whether she should marry her suitor, micro-lender Edward Furniver. Edward is monitoring local market prices and hoping for a favourable decision from Charity. Street boy, Titus Ntoto is bent on revenge on Mayor Willifred Guchu for a sound beating endured a year ago. Aid worker Lucy Gomball is considering her future in Africa and journalist Cecil Pearson has returned on vacation, unable to stay away from Africa and Lucy. Digby Adams is a fresh face on the Aid scene who has lost his travelling companion, Dolly. Clarence “Results” Mudenge is asked to advise on some unusual dilemmas. This instalment has two weddings, a court appearance, a funeral, a theft from the top of a coffin and two deaths from old age. It touches on the politics of the foreskin, tribal loyalties, flying toilets, the beer index, and aid terminology, as well as finally revealing the name of the Oldest Member of the Thumaiga Club. The only disappointment was a number of inconsistencies between this book and the last two: the age of the boys; the interval since the death of David Mupanga and Agatha Ogata; the spelling of the World Bank president’s name; the name of Rugiru’s wife and Japer; Edward Furniver’s backstory. Plot, characters and atmosphere are still first rate and loose ends are nicely tied. An excellent ending to the trilogy.