Zimbabwe

‘This is the last straw.’

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It is a tragedy that the party that has ruined Zimbabwe, led by a man who was one of the…

Doris Lessing in her mid sixties

Doris Lessing: from champion of free love to frump with a bun

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘I am interested only in stretching myself, in living as fully as I can.’ Lara Feigel begins her thoughtful book…

What it feels like to hold a heart

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s been heart week on Radio 4, celebrating the anniversary of the first ‘successful’ heart transplant in 1967, which was…

I once worshipped ‘freedom fighters’ but Mugabe just looked like a teacher

25 November 2017 9:00 am

At the top of Machu Picchu last week, I saw two wide-winged condors swoop over Sacred Valley through a rainbow…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…

The Brexit Bill faces 470 amendments on its way through Parliament

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Home As the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill faced 470 amendments in its examination by a committee of the whole House,…

Real democracy or a tribal bloodbath? Zimbabwe is on the brink

18 November 2017 9:00 am

History will curse Robert Mugabe. When he took over as prime minister in the wake of the Lancaster House agreement…

The African bush took me back to my boyhood

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Entering the Bulawayo Club, you step out of the blinding African sunshine on that safe and friendly city’s wide streets,…

A weird, druggy, space-age Bollywood mash-up: Emma Rice’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

What an extraordinary debut for Emma Rice: Globe's Midsummer Night's Dream reviewed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The Globe’s new chatelaine, Emma Rice, has certainly shaken the old place up. It’s almost unrecognisable. Huge white plastic orbs…

Brexit campaigners remind me horribly of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front

20 February 2016 9:00 am

We are all of us to some degree prisoners of our own experience. Experience may teach, of course — may…

Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

Here’s my solution to the problem of what to do with the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Lobengula was the second king of the Matabele people in what is now Zimbabwe. He was also the last. Cecil…

Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable: Hangmen at Wyndhams reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

It begins with a sketch. We’re in a prison in 1963 where Harry Wade, the UK’s second most famous hangman,…

A president in the family

12 December 2015 9:00 am

This time last year I was running around excitedly telling all my friends that I had an African president in…

Robert Mugabe attends the funeral of Solomon Mujuru (Photo: Getty)

A murder mystery in Zimbabwe

8 August 2015 9:00 am

This novel comes with two mysteries attached, one substantial, the other superficial. The big mystery is the author’s identity. Gender-neutral,…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

Why Bette Davis loathed theatre

18 April 2015 9:00 am

It was called Frankly Speaking and by golly it was. The great screen actress Bette Davis was being interviewed by…

Simon Darwen as Peter and Siubhan Harrison as Eloise in ‘The Armour’

The Armour at Langham Hotel reviewed: three new playlets that never get going

14 March 2015 9:00 am

One of last year’s unexpected treasures was a novelty show by Defibrillator that took three neglected Tennessee Williams plays, all…

Alexandra’s Fuller’s parents are the stars even when their daughter is divorcing, in this sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Double ouzo, hold the Coke,’ Mum ordered at the Mkushi Country Club bar, during spanikopita night. ‘My daughter’s a lesbian.’…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

A secret from my African childhood has become a deeper mystery

22 February 2014 9:00 am

About 55 years ago, when I was about ten, my younger brother Roger and I discovered a slave pit in…