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#21 Tom Kellie

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:44 PM

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~ Fresh Paint: Literary Vignettes by Kenyan Women was published in 2012 as a project by the AMKA—Space for Women's Creativity and the Goethe–Institute Kenya.

 

The relevant Web address is www.goethe.de/nairobi.

 

The 36 pieces range from short stories to poetry to autobiographical sketches.

 

Highly recommended!

 

I've felt that I've not heard enough from African women, thus sought out this book at the Gift Shop of the National Museum of Kenya.

 

The long-suffering, hardworking, compassionate women of Kenya do so much to hold families together with humane values.

 

This book brings their lives into focus.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 12:01 AM

Amazon is currently running a great price on the Kindle version of "Savannah Diaries" by Brian Jackman. I just purchased it (haven't read it yet), but he also wrote The Marsh Lions, which was excellent.

 

If anyone is interested, here is the link to the US Amazon. Looks like the UK version is similarly priced.

 

http://www.amazon.co...36399944&sr=1-1

 

edit: I see the Marsh Lions is also on sale. Recommended!


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:26 PM

Another Kindle edition deal for anyone interested:
 
"Ivory Ghosts," a fiction thriller set in Namibia written by biologist Caitlin O'Connell. I read her excellent book "The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa" a few years ago.
 
$0.99 http://www.amazon.co...k/dp/B00OEXM6Y2
 
£1.79 http://www.amazon.co...ds=ivory ghosts
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Posted 17 November 2015 - 06:13 AM

Another Kindle edition deal for anyone interested:
 
"Ivory Ghosts," a fiction thriller set in Namibia written by biologist Caitlin O'Connell. I read her excellent book "The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa" a few years ago.

 

~ @Marks

 

Have you read “Ivory Ghosts”?

 

If so, do you recommend it or have any follow-up thoughts?

 

Tom K.



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Posted 19 November 2015 - 01:25 AM

@Tom Kellie I'm currently about halfway done with it. It is very much a thriller, as advertised, but the authentic use of setting and science (as expected from someone with the author's experience) elevates it to something more. I'm enjoying it so far.
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 08:30 AM

Here are eleven books on Africa that I have recently read.

1. "Histories of the Hanged" by David Anderson.
It is a chilling look at the Mau Mau rebellion which tells the truth.

2. "Congo" by David Van Reybrouck.
A fascinating account of the whole history of the Congo through interviewing the people that have lived through all phases of its history.

3. "I Say To You" by Gabrielle Lynch.
Excellent account of how the Kalenjin were constructed and Moi's regime.

4. "No Man's Land" by George Monbiot.
Interesting account of the problems encountered by pastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania. A book worth reading.

5. "The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes A Global Powerhouse" by Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby.
I particularly enjoyed this book because I wanted to compare the ideas for African development with my own. The point is, Africa is developing fast in a wonderful way.

6. "Facing the Congo" by Jeffrey Tayler.
A true story about a man who tries to go up the Congo River in a pirogue. He somehow survives the journey.

7. "Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White" by Ray Hartley.
The title sums it up. South Africa has made plenty of progress since 1994 but it has plenty of failures along the way.

8. "Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea" by Robert D. Kaplan.
This is an account of his travels in the region and the separatist movements in Eritrea and elsewhere in Ethiopia. The tyranny of the Derg led by Mengitsu is revealed.

9. "Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer" by Tim Jeal.
A great biography of Africa's greatest explorer and all his complexities.

10. "Bonobo Handshake" by Vanessa Woods.
Superb account of her working with Bonobo's in the Congo.

11. "Africa is Open for Business: Ten Years of Game-Changing Headlines" by Victor Kgomoeswana.
Explains very well how Africa Is becoming much easier for investors. An excellent read.

Later I will post more titles of all the great books I've read on Africa.
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Posted 23 November 2015 - 02:19 PM

~ @optig

 

It's so kind of you to take the time to post this list.

 

Preparing such a detailed post requires time and effort.

 

For anyone like yours truly, with limited reading about any aspect of Africa, it's an especially valuable list.

 

The variety of the titles especially stands out.

 

Many thanks!

 

Tom K.



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:43 AM

To Tom Kellie and other safari talkers,

I hope you will appreciate more of my favorite titles about Africa.

Edited by optig, 24 November 2015 - 07:47 AM.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 08:13 AM

12. "How long will South Africa Survive? The Looming Crisis" by R W Johnson.
A cynical and pessimistic look at the future of South Africa.

13. "Kenya: A History Since Independence" by Charles Hornsby.

14. "Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2011" by Daniel Branch.

15. "The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest To End Poverty" by Nina Munk.
A great example of how one man determined to 'help' Africa, can do more harm than good.

16. "The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa" by Calestous Juma.
He is one of the foremost experts on Africa's development. It is a fascinating book about how technology is improving Africa.

17. "The Tyranny of Experts" by William Easterly.
How the so called experts caused more harm than good to Africa. What's worse, they insist that they know it all.

18. "Torn Trousers: A True Story of Courage and Adventure: A Couple's Journey into Paradise" by Andrew St. Pierre White and Gwynn White.
How a couple sacrificed everything to escape to paradise.

19. "Redneck In Kenya: A Texan's Journey in Kenya" by Danny Conner.
A hilarious look at the life in Kenya from a man with almost no previous knowledge in Africa or even life outside Texas.

20. " Rwanda Inc: How a Devastated Nation Became anEconomic Model for the Developing World" by Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond.
Fascinating portrait however, I wish more attention was paid to the more unpleasant sides of Paul Kagame's dictatorship.

21. "Zanzibar To Timbuktu: A Journey Across Africa" by Theodore Dalrymple.
An extremely low budget trip in Africa by one of Britain's wittiest commentators.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 01:59 PM

forgive me if it has been mentioned, but can I put forward "the colour Bar"  a fascinating account of the struggles Sir Seretse Khama and his wife had to be accepted and allowed to retrun to what became Botswana-at once heart warming and frustrating! by susan Williams ISBN 9780141026138   a very good read


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 05:53 PM

~ @optig and @Towlersonsafari

 

Many thanks for adding to this thread relevant books about Africa.

 

Your posts add to a resource which will be consulted by future Safaritalk members and visitors in search of worthwhile reading.

 

While there's no substitute for being out on safari, reading about Africa enhances understanding through providing context.

 

Tom K.







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