Glossop, Derbyshire, England
|Notable awards||2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize
2002 Booksense best non-fiction book
2004 Ulysses Prize for Art of Reportage
Alexandra Fuller (born 1969) is an author who currently lives in the U.S. state of Wyoming.
Fuller was born in the town of Glossop, England but moved with her family to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1972 and was educated at boarding schools in Mutare and Harare. Her first book was 2001's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir of life with her family living in southern Africa. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 2002, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a finalist for The Guardian 's First Book Award. Scribbling the Cat, her second book, was released in 2004. It is an unflinching tale of war's repercussions. It won the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage in 2005.
In Fuller's third book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant (2008), she narrates the tragically short life of a Wyoming roughneck who fell to his death at age 25 in February 2006 on an oil rig owned by Patterson–UTI Energy. A second memoir, Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulness (2011), is about her mother, Nicola Fuller. AudioFile magazine called Cocktail Hour "ambitious" and "rambling and lively book", and praised audiobook performer Bianca Amato's narration.
Leaving Before the Rains Come, published in January 2015, is about the disintegration of Fuller's marriage.
Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the same institution. She met her American husband, Charlie Ross, in Zambia, where he was running a rafting business for tourists. In 1994, they moved to his home state of Wyoming. Fuller and Ross divorced in 2012. They have three children. She currently spends much of her time in a yurt near Jackson, Wyoming.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
The memoir follows Fuller, called Bobo by her family in the book, and her sister and parents as they move from England to Rhodesia and then to other points in Central Africa. The book mainly focuses on stories of family life while moving around Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Malawi and Zambia. The Rhodesian Bush War, or Second Chimurenga, serves as a backdrop to the family's time in Rhodesia. Fuller shares her experiences of having her dad off in the countryside for weeks on end, helping a local militia group. She tells stories of her dad teaching her and her sister how to shoot his FN rifle, and she shares funny stories about what a bad shot her mother is. After the Rhodesian Bush War, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia.
Fuller shows her reader the true sides of her sister and her parents. She recalls hilarious stories about her mother getting drunk at dinner and staying up all night, but also does not hide the effect her mother's alcoholism had on her childhood. Fuller writes about living through a war, being white growing up in an almost all-black country, and the death of siblings and beloved animals.
- "Audiobook Review: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (2011)". AudioFile. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- Official Website
- Powells.com Author interview
- Sketchy biography as winner of the Lettre Ulysses Award
-  – New York Times article on Hell's Backbone Grill, Boulder, Utah.