Mud Between Your Toes: A Rhodesian Farm by Peter Wood

Glimpse a life filled with contradictions, discoveries, and passion in Peter Wood’s fascinating new memoir, Mud Between Your Toes: A Rhodesian Farm. This is a powerful story about a teenage boy growing up during the Rhodesian Bush War. Peter Wood is an African. He is white, but he also holds a Chinese passport. And he…

Glimpse a life filled with contradictions, discoveries, and passion in Peter Wood’s fascinating new memoir, Mud Between Your Toes: A Rhodesian Farm.

This is a powerful story about a teenage boy growing up during the Rhodesian Bush War.

Peter Wood is an African. He is white, but he also holds a Chinese passport. And he is also gay.

Growing up during the 1970s on his family’s farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Peter was swiftly introduced to a harsh world in which friends and relatives were murdered in ambushes—and the line between blacks and whites was drawn in blood.

As travel bans and UN sanctions caused a deepening chasm between his country and the rest of the world, Peter struggled with his identity as a white Rhodesian and later in life, when living in London, he nurtured his skills as a photographer—and finally found the courage to come out as gay.

Now a twenty-year resident of Hong Kong and an official Chinese national, Peter is arguably the only white, gay, African man in China. But his wildly entertaining anecdotes delve much deeper than that superficial—yet admittedly fascinating—label. These stories, based largely on Peter’s childhood diary entries, offer insight into the universal human experience: from tragedies and triumphs to catastrophes and, perhaps most importantly, joy.
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“A Wonderful Read”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Filipa de Paiva Raposo

Nostalgia for a past blissful childhood, the wonderful smell of tobacco curing, walking barefoot, and the enormous gift of growing up in Africa. Overcoming the bullying and difficult boarding school years, survived with bravado. The tragedy of UDI – the start of the downhill nightmare, into the arms of Mugabe and the horrors of the war following. Interspersed with escapades and hilarious adventures camping with his father and friends. His loving recall of memories of his parents and grandparents – his father a difficult curmudgeon of a man, from a generation that had trouble displaying love and affection. His brave, feisty mother and the way she and her friends took the war years in their stride. Through it all the love of Africa is portrayed with tenderness and a clarity that kept me enthralled to the end.

About the Author

Peter Wood was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Southern Africa, in 1962. After leaving high school to join the army for a year, he wound up in London, where he began a successful career in photography. This eventually took him to Hong Kong—which he has called home for the past two decades.

Wood’s unique upbringing, as well as his identification as a gay white African, ultimately inspired him to write his memoir, Mud Between Your Toes: A Rhodesian Farm.

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