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Rainbow's End

(2007)
A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
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This is a story about a paradise lost. . . . About an African dream that began with a murder . . .

In 1978, in the final, bloodiest phase of the Rhodesian civil war, eleven-year-old Lauren St John moves with her family to Rainbow's End, a wild, beautiful farm and game reserve set on the banks of a slowflowing river. The house has been the scene of a horrific attack by guerrillas, and when Lauren's family settles there, a chain of events is set in motion that will change her life irrevocably.

Rainbow's End captures the overwhelming beauty and extraordinary danger of life in the African bush. Lauren's childhood reads like a girl's own adventure story. At the height of the war, Lauren rides through the wilderness on her horse, Morning Star, encountering lions, crocodiles, snakes, vicious ostriches, and mad cows. Many of the animals are pets, including Miss Piggy and Bacon and an elegant giraffe named Jenny. The constant threat of ruthless guerrillas prowling the land underscores everything, making each day more dangerous, vivid, and prized than the last.

After Independence, Lauren comes to the bitter realization that she'd been on the wrong side of the civil war. While she and her family believed that they were fighting for democracy over Communism, others saw the war as black against white. And when Robert Mugabe comes into power, he oversees the torture and persecution of thousands of members of an opposing tribe and goes on to become one of Africa's legendary dictators. The ending of this beautiful memoir is a fist to the stomach as Lauren realizes that she can be British or American, but she cannot be African. She can love it -- be willing to die for it -- but she cannot claim Africa because she is white.



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February 2009 : UK Hardback

Title: Rainbow's End (Charnwood)
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 1-84782-542-7 / 978-1-84782-542-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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May 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-241-14336-5 / 978-0-241-14336-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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April 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-7432-8679-0 / 978-0-7432-8679-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-7538-2923-1 / 978-0-7538-2923-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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July 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-7432-8680-4 / 978-0-7432-8680-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War & an African Farm: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-14-102460-7 / 978-0-14-102460-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 0-241-14384-5 / 978-0-241-14384-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Audio Editions

March 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
Publisher: Recorded Books
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April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Rainbow's End
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 1-4074-2124-7 / 978-1-4074-2124-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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August 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Rainbow's End
Author(s): Lauren St John
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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August 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Rainbow's End
Author(s): Lauren St John
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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April 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 1-4281-4350-5 / 978-1-4281-4350-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
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2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Rainbow's End
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 1-4281-4346-7 / 978-1-4281-4346-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Rainbow's End
Author(s): Lauren St John
ISBN: 1-4281-4348-3 / 978-1-4281-4348-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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April 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Author(s): Lauren St John
Publisher: Scribner
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