Thomas A. M. Mutonono was born in Mbare, formerly Harare, before Zimbabwe’s independence. He grew up in Mbare and had his education there. He was interested in reading and writing so much that in 1969 he began to write short stories in Shona, one of the local languages in Zimbabwe, and English. Despite a number of rejections from publishers, Thomas persisted with his writing, and eventually saw some short stories being published in some magazines in the 1970’s and the Sunday Mail, the main weekly newspaper, in the early 1980’s.
In 2001 Thomas moved to UK and in 2010 his first book of short stories, A Means to Survive was published by Lion Press Limited. Crossroads is his second book portraying the life of Zimbabweans trying to cope with the reality of life after independence.
Thomas lives in the Bedfordshire town of Luton.
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NOMINATED AND SHORT-LISTED IN THE ZIMAA 2016 LITERARY ARTS CATEGORY, BEST FICTION BOOK
Thomas Mutonono takes us back to a watershed era of Zimbabwe's history, an era that appears to have been pushed to the back of the nation's collective memory.
In this witty, delightful short tome, Mutonono revisits the days just after Independence in 1980, as the urban Black majority began to come to terms with the transition. The days of the "Pirate Taxis", those Peugot 404 deathtraps that operated an illegal yet vital public transport service in the towns and cities. Of the rise of a new generation of go-getters, ready to seize the opportunities that the new freedom offered. A period to which a revisit is imperative for a generation that is now trying to come to terms with how the nation has fared since.