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Kololo Hill - Neema Shah

Kololo Hill - Neema Shah

Title: Kololo Hill

Author:  Neema Shah

ISBN:  9781529030501

Weight:  851 g

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Kololo Hill by Neema Shah

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

An impressive, confident debut about family and survival, against the backdrop of a history that is not written about often enough.

Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby

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

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Kololo Hill
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

The First Novel Prize 2018 – shortlist

Bath Novel Award 2018 – shortlist

SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018 – longlist

Exeter Novel Prize 2017 – longlist

Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529030501
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 338
Size (h x w x d) 224 x 144 x 33mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Alexander James
Jacket design Lucy Scholes, Picador Art Department
Jacket image Alamy (flower)

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