Place of Reeds

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2005.

ISBN-13: 978-0743492270

A memoir of the 12 years Caitlin Davies spent in Botswana.

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Reviews

‘Candid and unsentimental. She has a particular gift for capturing an individual’s physical presence…Botswana is not quite the comforting place it appears in the genial writings of Alexander McCall Smith,’
– Hilary Mantel, Sunday Telegraph

‘Davies’s prose is elegant and spare, her descriptions of the landscape are evocative,’
– Sunday Times

‘Her moving story encompasses the spectrum of human emotion, and is hilarious and poignant in equal measure,’
– Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

‘Devastating,’
– Evening Standard

‘Probably the most vivid account of Botswana and its people that you will ever read,’
– The Citizen

‘An intricate tale of love, betrayal and tragedy…she eloquently and vividly describes the Setswana life,’
– Beata Kasale, The Voice

‘Extremely well written,’
– Sheridan Griswold, Mmegi

41XgPztigHL._UY250_‘A powerful memoir,’
– University of Botswana History Department, included in ‘suggested reading for visitors’

Place of Reeds reads with the ease of a travelogue but has the underlying depth and intensity of a novel. Compelling,’
– Nicki Grihault, Traveller Magazine

‘Eloquent,’
– Anthony Sattin, The Spectator

‘A heartbreakingly sad and dark story,’
– Publishing News