Gavin Bell Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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When Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed his native South Africa the "Rainbow Nation," he conjured a vision of ethnic diversity and harmony in a country with eleven official languages, two national anthems, and a parliament that shuttled between two cities. As a foreign correspondent reporting on the last days of apartheid, Gavin Bell thought it was a brave image and wondered how long it would endure. A few years later, he returned to find out what had happened to Tutu's rainbow. In his travels he found a country at odds with itself, swinging between hope and despair, buoyed by a sense of freedom and haunted by a fear of violent crime. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is not only a fine travel book by an award-winning writer, it is a compelling portrait of a country in search of an identity.

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When Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed his native South Africa the "Rainbow Nation" he conjured a vision of diversity and harmony in a country with eleven languages, two national anthems, and a parliament shuttling between two cities. As a correspondent reporting on the last days of apartheid, Gavin Bell thought it was a brave image. A few years later, Bell returned to find out what had happened. He found a country at odds with itself, swinging between hope and despair, buoyed by a sense of freedom and haunted by a fear of violent crime. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is not only a fine travel book by an award-winning writer, it is a compelling portrait of a country in search of an identity.

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After working in a number of countries for Reuters and THE TIMES, Gavin Bell won the 1995 Thomas Cook Travel Award for IN SEARCH OF TUSITALA. He lives in his native Scotland and works as a journalist.

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