‘It is the stranger who comes with a sharper blade’, claims one Malawian adage. But stranger Asbjørn Eidhammer is not. He worked tirelessly with Malawians for more than eight years as Norwegian ambassador to Malawi during politically difficult times. Malawi – A Place Apart is a unique and welcome update of the story of the nation examined from the point of view of a highly observant outsider. His subtle exposure of the sometimes hidden economic mismanagement is particularly poignant when people are crying out for open societies everywhere. – Professor Jack Mapanje, author of Of Chameleons and Gods *** Combining aspects of history, cultural studies, personal memoir and opinion, this rarely published and hard hitting perspective from a former senior member of the donor community analyses the past, current and future prospects of Malawi politics and economics. The book proves yet again the adage that ‘sometimes the mlendo (visitor) has the sharper [analytical] knife’ with its examination of the issues of politics, poverty and the relationship — or lack of it — between Malawi and its development partners. Throughout it all the author’s love for the ‘Warm heart of Africa’ shines through and all who love Malawi will be stimulated and enriched by this book. – Dr John Lwanda, author of Kamuzu Banda of Malawi: A Study in Promise, Power and Legacy.