Review: A Plague of Caterpillars – A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

A Plague of Caterpillars - A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

A Plague of Caterpillars – A Return to the African Bush by Nigel Barley

This book was sent to me as a review copy.

He is back!

This is the second part of The Innocent Anthropologist’s adventures in the land of the Dowayo in Cameroon.

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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

Book Review: Hunting Mr Heartbreak – A Discovery of America by Jonathan Raban

Hunting Mr Heartbreak - A Discovery of America by Jonathan Raban

Hunting Mr Heartbreak – A Discovery of America by Jonathan Raban

A few weeks back I “took ship” in Liverpool, and headed off to find America with the English author Jonathan Raban.

It was pure pleasure – page after page of portrait and insight.

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Book Review: Forgotten Kingdom – Nine Years in Yunnan, 1939-1948 by Peter Goullart

Forgotten Kingdom - Nine Years in Yunnan, 1939-48 by Peter Goullart

Forgotten Kingdom – Nine Years in Yunnan, 1939-48 by Peter Goullart

This is a travel book that unfurls like a lotus flower. It has happiness at its heart but is grown out of hardship in the steep-sided valleys of south-western China.

The decade is the 1940s and the location is the province of Yunnan, geographically cut apart from the rest of China and still webbed with tribes, traditions and traders.

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Interview with Barnaby Rogerson: Part II – Eland and travel writing

Open day at Eland Publishing in December 2017

Open Day at Eland Publishing in December 2017

It is late November 2017, and I am with Barnaby Rogerson, author and expert on North Africa, whose latest book, In Search of Ancient North Africa – A History in Six Lives, has just been published.

This is the second part of our interview and the focus is on travel writing in general and on Eland, the publishing house where he is a director.

We are in the Eland hub – books are everywhere.

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Review of Naples ’44 – Francesco Patierno’s film of the book by Norman Lewis

 

Naples, Itlay

Naples, Italy

This film, a collage of memory and story, nightmare and fact, holds high the war-shattered image of Naples. It takes us amongst the ruins to show us desperate lives caught up in battle and destruction.

We are not asked to pity or excuse … only to understand, and to witness the consequences of a year of war in a city targeted for its strategic importance.

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