Video recordings of Alexandra Fuller at the 2008 UND Writers Conference.
Alexandra Fuller’s debut book Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood was a New York Times Notable Book, the Booksense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 2002. Her 2004 Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier won the Ulysses Prize for Art of Reportage. Fuller has also written for such magazines as The New Yorker and National Geographic. Fuller’s experience of growing up in Africa during the Rhodesian war for independence (the Fullers farmed close enough to Mozambique that they could hear the border landmines going off, and both her parents joined up to fight against the liberation army – her father as a soldier and her mother as a Police Reservist) has informed all three of her books which are, at heart, anti-war stories. But they are also love stories: “People think the book is a love letter to Africa,” Fuller has said of her debut memoir, “but really it is a love letter to my mother – a fiercely glamorous, hard-drinking woman capable of terrifying and sometimes racist madness and equally terrifying compassion.”