Leaving Before the Rains Come

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‘I believed that if I moored myself to Charlie, I would know tranquility interspersed with organized adventure. He would stay in Zambia because he loved the romance of it. I could remain here, safely. Our lives would be the “three rifles, supplies for a month and Mozart” of Out of Africa without the plane crashes, syphilis and Danish accent.’

In 1992 Alexandra Fuller embarked on a new journey, into a long, tempestuous marriage to Charlie Ross, the love of her life. In this frank, personal memoir, a sequel to Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, she charts their twenty years together, from the brutal beauty of the Zambezi to the mountains of Wyoming – the new adventures, the unexplored paths, the insurmountable obstacles… and the many signals that they missed along the way.

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" Remarkable, beautifully written and fantastically entertaining… a compulsive read" ( Observer)

"Fuller doesn’t write misery memoirs. She writes warm, humorous and honest memoirs, and Leaving Before the Rains Come is another must-read" ( Sunday Express)

"What sets [the book] apart is Fuller’s prose, as biting and beautiful as ever. It is often laugh-out-loud-funny too" ( Mail on Sunday)

"[An] urgent, eloquently fearless book" ( Guardian)

"A poetic and powerful account of a troubled marriage, sensitive, frank and full of insight into the human condition" ( Daily Express)

"[A] bold, brave memoir of [Fuller’s] emancipation from the past" ( The Times)

"[A] hauntingly beautiful memoir" ( Daily Mail)

"Unquestionable is the lucid beauty of Fuller’s prose and her courage in producing it" (Patricia Nicol, 4 stars Metro)

"A trenchant yet riveting examination of what [Alexandra Fuller] calls the “culture” of the end of a marriage" ( The Bookseller)

"[Fuller] is so compassionate, funny and un-bitter, and her straight-shooting yet graceful prose is the real thing" ( The Spectator)

"This fascinating memoir is by turns hilarious and utterly heartbreaking in charting 20 years of marriage… Searingly and disconcertingly honest" (Dermot Bolger Sunday Business Post)

" Leaving Before the Rains Come is a drama of expatriation, exploring in searching terms…an imagined return of the native. It carries memoir beyond candour towards a place in literature" (Lyndall Gordon Literary Review)

"[A] readable, often hilarious, but always frank account" ( Good Book Guide)

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The sequel to the international bestseller Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight.

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