The journey started uneventfully with an application to the appropriate Ministry. The earliest letter is dated 5 October 1973. ‘Dear Permanent Secretary,’ it begins.

On the advice of the press officer at the Uganda High Commission here in London I am writing to you directly to request an interview with the President of Uganda, His Excellency General Idi Amin Dada. I have been commissioned by Esquire, one of the most prominent and influential magazines in America, to seek this interview. I found on a recent visit to New York that there was a great deal of interest among Americans, especially the young people . . .

Extraordinary what one will say in order to earn a living.

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