This was written soon after the Mau Mau uprising. Petals of Blood is his best book. African literature is too often put into a corner of the bookshop like some kind of booby prize. But this is a world-class novel by any standards – it happens to deal with those themes, but it’s a cleverly constructed and accurate account … It’s sort of prescient. Like any great novel it opens the heart of the issue. It’s basically about the Mau Mau, and about various infighting and how Mau Mau became, from his perspective, a gang war in some ways.