Fun Reading for Development Workers

I am reading Helen Fielding’s Cause Celeb for about the 10th time or so since I bought it a few years ago. For those of you who recognize the name, Fielding is the author of Bridget Jones’ Diary and its sequels. But whereas I found the latter tedious and surfing on old stereotypes of women, this one is a funny, quite realistic story about a development worker who is managing a refugee camp in Africa. I am not sure if just anyone will find it entertaining but I think that most of you who have been out working or volunteering in the field (the real field that is, not UN or World Bank missions!) will probably recognize yourselves and the characters she describes both in the camp and in the other donor organizations. Fielding also describes well how meeting real poverty can change the way a person views the world and what is important in life, in a way that TV images never do. It is on the boarder to chick lit but I still highly recommend it, at least for development workers!




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