PositiveFinancial TimesLooking back, Louis unpicks the contributions of toxic masculinity, social isolation and economic deprivation to his father’s struggle and his family’s pain. The result is a challenge to society’s unfettered praise of individual responsibility and its blindness to systemic injustice ... Louis’ barbed prose delivers a warning to the French elite about the poverty and underlying anger of the working classes ... Louis often makes society’s complex problems appear simple, with obvious victims and clear perpetrators. The book is not a meditation, but a judgment. Yet this valuable tale brings emotion to a discussion led by numbers, encouraging us to remember the real human lives affected by policy and political point-scoring.
RaveFinancial Times\"Sisonke Msimang had to grow up fast. In Always Another Country, one of South Africa’s emerging social critics tells the story of her youth, bouncing between continents and cultures, all the while being \'bottle-fed the dream\' of a free South Africa by her mother and her exiled African National Congress father ... Msimang points unflinchingly to her country’s open wounds. She is as critical of the ANC leadership as she is of oblivious white compatriots. Her memoir is a unique perspective on South Africa’s recent history that fundamentally tells the struggle of a deeply torn woman to comprehend a deeply torn country.