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A revealing story of childhood and adolescence in southern Africa during a time of acute social and political crisis has won the 1996 Orwell Prize for literature. Peter Godwin's Mukiwa: a White Boy in Africa, describes childhood in Rhodesia, youth as an officer in the British South Africa police and adulthood as a young journalist in Zimbabwe. The Orwell Prize judges called it a "shrewd and wry examination of the conflict and confusion inherent in growing up in late 20th-century Africa". Members of the George Orwell Memorial Fund, who have hosted the pounds 1,000 prize since 1992, presented the awards last night at the Reform Club, in London.