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More Truth, Lies and Propaganda: In Africa is a non-fiction memoir written by Lucinda E. Clarke. Clarke is a professional writer, textbook author and columnist. She has also scripted, directed and produced a number of videos when she ran her video production company and, at one point, had her own radio show. A native of Great Britain, Clarke spent many years in Durban, South Africa. When she repatriated to London, over twenty years after she had first left, she was miserable and felt out of place. Her body was no longer acclimated to the damp chill of England, and she missed the warmth, the brilliant blue skies, and the ambiance of adventure and danger to which she had grown accustomed. Unable to find any sort of work in London, Clarke decided to ask her former employer for more work and was thrilled to get a positive response. She and her daughter, who missed her school and friends back in Durban, were on their way home, and, best of all, there were plenty of scripts waiting for her to work on.
Lucinda E. Clarke's non-fiction memoir, More Truth, Lies and Propaganda: In Africa, is a fascinating account of the author's work as a freelancer and then as one of the heads of a video production company. It became immediately obvious to me that Clarke loves Africa, and that I would be learning quite a lot about the different peoples and lifestyles found there. Much of the memoir details how videos are put together, made whole from a series of pieces that are seamlessly edited and joined. Some of the tricks and techniques are humorous to read about as she and her crew had people act out roles for the camera, often paying them for their services with lollipops. Much of the book, however, gives the reader an insider's look into the dire situation Africans find themselves in with the HIV/AIDS crisis. I was stunned to read of a hospital where it was forbidden to test for the virus and saddened to read of the misconceptions that are still rampant about the virus and how it's contracted and spread. Clarke shares a unique historical view of Africa in More Truth, Lies and Propaganda, and it's a thought-provoking and illuminating one. More Truth, Lies and Propaganda: In Africa is most highly recommended.