Insight with Heidi Holland: Dinner with Mugabe

Talk Tuesday 3rd June, 2008

At a time when the world waits anxiously to see what will happen next in Zimbabwe, Heidi Holland talks about her book which gets to grips with the man at the helm of a corrupt regime; the man behind the monster.

Holland’s tireless investigation begins with her having dinner with Mugabe the freedom fighter and ends in a searching interview with Zimbabwe’s president in December 2007, more than 30 years later.

Heidi Holland is author of Dinner with Mugabe and has been an author and journalist for over thirty years. She also runs a busy guest house in Melville, Johannesburg.

Adam Roberts is the news editor of He joined The Economist as an intern in the foreign department in June 1998. From December 1998 until May 2001, he worked as a writer on foreign affairs, with a particular focus on developing countries and transnational issues. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Southern Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg.