Kenyan memoir for Harvill Secker

<p>Harvill Secker has bought a &quot;vivid, powerful memoir of childhood&quot; from Kenyan novelist, playwright and critic, Ng&#361;g&#297; wa Thiong&rsquo;o. Liz Foley, publishing director bought UK and Commonwealth rights (ex-Canada) to <em>Dreams in a Time of War </em>from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Gloria Loomis at the Watkins Loomis Agency. <br /><br />The book is set in the late 1930s in Africa. The memoir describes the author&#39;s day-to-day family life as the fifth child of his father&rsquo;s third wife (his father had 24 children and four wives) and the wider political landscape and social changes in Kenya at this time. Harvill Secker will publish <em>Dreams in a Time of War</em> in spring 2010.<br /><br />Foley said: &quot;Harvill Secker is immensely proud to be the publisher of Ng&#361;g&#297; wa Thiong&rsquo;o&rsquo;s memoir of his fascinating childhood. He is a uniquely gifted writer and his account of both the domestic and political background to his early youth is both compelling and inspiring.&quot;<br /><br />Thiong&rsquo;o is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include <em>Wizard of the Crow</em> (Vintage), <em>Petals of Blood&nbsp; </em>(Penguin Classics), <em>Devil on the Cross </em>(Heinnemann), and<em> Decolonising the Mind</em> (James Currey).<br /></p>