Book Review: Eothen – Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East – by William Kinglake

Eothen – Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East by William Kinglake

My thanks to Eland Publishing for a copy of this book – parts of it I loved with a passion, other parts I wanted to tear out and jump on. But I never wanted to give up.

William Kinglake is so young and opinionated that it’s a shock to meet him, especially with two centuries of hindsight. It’s like meeting the worst of the British Empire in one person. His voice is brilliant, bizarre, unbelievable in places, and stunningly arrogant in others.

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Book Review: An Affair of the Heart by Dilys Powell

An Affair of the Heart by Dilys Powell

I was sent this book by Eland Publishing.

It is not a book of stormy passion, despite the title, but one that meanders slowly around post-war Greece, returning almost two decades later to the point where it begins – Perachora.

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Book Review: So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between by Nicolas Bouvier

So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between by Nicolas Bouvier

This collection of essays begins with a river and the road beside it, that “winds without rhyme or reason where it could run straight” .

Together they set the compass for Nicolas Bouvier’s meander beside people and their places, with moments picked out like glistening pebbles.

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Book Review: The Zambezi Trilogy – Book One – The Horns by Jill Baker

The Horns – Book One of The Zambezi Trilogy by Jill Baker

This copy was given to me by a friend.

I finished The Horns on a Thursday, and that Friday, the day I set aside to review the book, Mugabe died.

The news hit me like a wave full of debris – no joy, no relief, no anger – it just thudded me on to a shore that was no longer there.

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Review: Wheels within Wheels – The Making of a Traveller by Dervla Murphy

Wheels within Wheels – The Making of a Traveller by Dervla Murphy

I bought this book a while back and then left it sitting in the bottom of a drawer. Bad idea. If there’s anyone who shouldn’t be shut away, it’s Dervla Murphy.

She flew out of the pages.

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Book review: The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers

The tidying up of The Phraser continues. This, rearranged so it reads better, was the first book I reviewed.

The Phraser

The Last Resort - A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers

This memoir covers eight years in a country that is finger-nailed to a crumbling cliff. It should be a tough read…but it isn’t.

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Book Review: The Innocent Anthropologist – Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

The Innocent Anthropologist - Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

The Innocent Anthropologist – Notes from a Mud Hut by Nigel Barley

This book was sent to me as a review copy.

The Innocent Anthropologist is a cultural dive into the deep end.

Written in the early 1980s by anthropologist Nigel Barley, it describes the author’s first attempt at fieldwork in Africa. The result, built around us and others, is shocking and funny, and bashed about with the perils of first hand observation. Continue reading