A.B. Kyazze brings to the story a photographer’s eye, capturing the tragedy and the beauty of the people caught up in Angola’s civil war. It reads as a thriller – but one with a heart.
author of ‘the silence’
Into the Mouth of the Lion is A.B. Kyazze’s debut novel.
Written by a former war photographer, this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider, lost in country you desperately want to understand.
Lena, a struggling photographer, flies from London to the war-torn highlands of Angola, after hearing the news of a suspicious explosion. She tries to piece together the reasons behind the disappearance of her sister DJ, but she gets entangled in the country’s conflict for minerals and power.
The book is a love story – actually, stories – crossing conventional lines in a war zone, but it is more than that. It is about working in intense situations, and finding the courage to bear witness to abuses. It is about how people can connect and help others in unexpected ways, despite a threatening landscape. Pacey and suspenseful, the book is ultimately uplifting, although bittersweet.
Covid in Brixton, a light-hearted short story about friendship during the time of the pandemic, was story of the month for the Byte Shorts showcase run by networking organisation Byte the Book in May 2020
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Walking the Walk: Evidence of Principles in Action from Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. Published in the International Review of the Red Cross, Volume 97 Spring/Summer 2015.
Learning from the City: British Red Cross Urban Learning Project Scoping Study. Co-written with Paula Baizan and Samuel Carpenter, 2012.
At a Crossroads: Humanitarianism for the Next decade. Co-written with Benedict Dempsey, published by Save the Children in 2010.