BOOK REVIEW: Kinky Roots: A Memoir by Ingrid Arlington


This bright and uplifting memoir is packed with refreshing memories, lessons, and vignettes of growing up in Southern Africa and moving to the UK. Ingrid Arlington shares her life, wisdom and experiences, along her reflective journey of healing. From her upbringing in Zimbabwe to meeting her husband in South Africa, the couple eventually move to the UK and this story truly takes off.


Explore how relationships, identity, excuses, religion, self-worth and family heritage shape one’s life, and journey. From navigating adversity, rejection, poor relationships with men, a moving to another country— witness how a fearlessly woman navigates life’s journey.

One of Arlington’s biggest life changes was meeting her husband in South Africa, battling a drug habit— challenging her Christian upbringing. Yet, after their separation with music and weaponry of tools, and insight, Arlington is a moving example for any reader. Arlington’s tone surely adds the perfect amount of humor throughout this telling memoir and will comfort you along this journey.

The introduction will confidently capture your attention. How Arlington navigated feelings of aimless, purposeless, and even after getting rejected from the 33rd job that she applied for is admirable. Progress is not linear, but each step is essential to moving forward and this memoir illustrates how beautiful vulnerability and transparency is. This memoir will leave people with plenty to think about and much to explore. I give this book a 5 out of 5.