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Summary

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 90 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.

©2021 Neema Shah (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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"[An] incredible debut." (Stylist)

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Great story.

dragged on in some places but was an overall good read. Recommended
narrator was truly excellent

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  • 21-04-21

Powerful moving story about twice migrants

I started this book not knowing what it was about and absolutely loved it. The story focuses on an Asian Ugandan family who get thrown out of Uganda along with all the other Asians and have to settle in England.

It is a beautifully written story about the lives of people who don't seem to be wanted wherever they go but still try to find a home. As a twice migrant myself this book really resonated with me.

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There was no punchline.

This was beautifully read and the narrator deserves full credit for doing such a wonderful job. The storyline however, really failed to deliver. This is just a barely fictionalised biographical work where nothing much happens. The "big secret" was nothing of the sort, I kept waiting for it but the book just fizzles out as if the author lost steam.

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Wonderful debut

Wonderful debut. I listened to the audio book and the narration by Aysha Kala is superb. It's a fascinating story. I remember the arrival of Ugandan Asians as a child, and how much Britain benefited. Memorable characters, fabulous structure and a wonderful ending, that might just be a beginning.