- The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, Tendai Huchu
Having read his debut novel ‘The Hairdresser of Harare’ I had high expectations of Tendai Huchu’s latest offering and luckily I have not been left disappointed.
A witty and intelligent read, the book follows three Zimbabwean men adjusting to life in Scotland.
Our magistrate re-lives his glory days while coming to terms with the fact that the success, qualifications and titles lauded on him back in Zimbabwe mean nothing in the UK; from magistrate to menial worker, how location can change the worth of a man, providing insight into the middle-aged male migrant experience. The mathematician, a student living it up away from home, benefitting from the chaos which is taking place there, and the maestro, a white Zimbabwean seeking solace from his turmoil in drugs and books.
This was a joy to read from start to finish, stirring within me both laughter and tears.
The full list is at http://mediadiversified.org/2015/12/31/top-10-books-by-novelists-of-colour-published-in-2015/