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Kololo Hill

(2021)
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'[An] incredible debut' Stylist

'Shah is excellent on the theme of home . . . an absorbing storyteller' Daily Mail


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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Utterly heartbreaking and so moving . . . a thoughtful reflection on what home and belonging mean." - Haleh Agar

"Devastatingly beautiful . . . every sentence is a revelation." - Nikita Gill

"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

"A searing, timely, and beautifully written tale of displacement, the meaning of home, and developing identity across generations. I loved it." - Stephanie Scott

"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

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


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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
ISBN: 1-5290-3050-1 / 978-1-5290-3050-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
ISBN: 1-5290-3051-X / 978-1-5290-3051-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
Publisher: Picador
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February 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Kololo Hill
Author(s): Neema Shah
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK