Place of Reeds, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


24-year-old Caitlin Davies was studying in America when she met and fell in love with the enigmatic Ron.

When Ron returned to his home in Botswana, Caitlin joined him in Maun, the 'Place of Reeds', and the two began their lives together.

Eager to absorb all that Setswana culture had to offer, Caitlin found herself becoming part of Ron's extended family, falling in love with both the country and its people.

Eventually, with the birth of their daughter, Caitlin's happiness seemed complete.

But the Botswana of the 1990s was changing. AIDS and urbanization had taken their toll, violence was on the increase.

When, with her child in her arms, Caitlin was brutally attacked, Ron's family closed ranks and Caitlin found herself ostracized by the very people she had grown to love.

Passionate, hilarious, dramatic and heartbreaking in turn, PLACE OF REEDS is a story of the clash of cultures, the inflexibility of belief and traditions.

It's a story about women - about Caitlin and her daughter, about Eliah and Madintwa, Ron's formidable mother and grandmother.

Most of all, it's a story about one woman's courage, resilience - and ultimately, survival.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, B-W integrated photographs
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780743492270



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Extraordinary recollections of a woman who crossed cultures to marry a man from Botswana. Her attempts to understand and honor the local culture but also live her own life form the central conflict. She finally relinquishes her struggle to return to England with her toddler. Having spent a short time in Botswana, this book was particularly resonant with me.

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