The forgiveness that comes of patient interpretation seems impossible when those nearest to your heart are threatened.
You can gesture at the transnational problem of Islamist terrorism all you like, but it's just hot air unless you invest in proper security on the ground in your own country, with the right safeguards to civil liberties.
My father worked in agriculture, and I got to travel round remote rural areas with him and see a bit of the landscape and people.
Writing about Africa by Africans has been part of my literary apprenticeship, standing alongside works by authors such as Joseph Conrad, Joyce Cary and Graham Greene as influences.
Detective fiction could not have existed without Edgar Allan Poe.
Foreign students add cultural value to their British peers, who need an international outlook.
From 1971 to 1993, my family lived in a number of African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria, as well as Uganda itself.
I spent my childhood tinkering with electronic circuits, on breadboards, as they used to be called, in particular making radio transmitters.
In Kenya, crime and terrorism are deeply linked, not least by the failure of successive Kenyan governments to control either.
My father was an agricultural economist. In 1989 he was posted to Mbarara, a small town on the Uganda-Rwanda border.
Since its beginnings, American writing has been in dialogue with other literatures.
Suffering produces a recursion to the tribe, to one's own kind. When a lot of people suffer, tribes lose their head.
The history of ideas is littered with the corpses of those who have tried to define culture.
To realise belatedly that there are Swahili epic poems which rival their European equivalents for sweep and power has been exciting.
At school, I got into the whole CB thing, hiding a transceiver in my study-bedroom with which I'd make appointments to meet girls in town. I wasn't good enough at physics to take it much further than fun, but I suppose there was a need to communicate.
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