The central theme of this book is that everyone has a special place, a spiritual home.
Simon Barnes discovered that his special place is the Luangwa Valley. He’s returned there numerous times.
The main thread through the book is the Luangwa and its wildlife but also nature around his home in Norfolk and other spots.
The book consists of short chapters and is a kaleidoscope of observations of wildlife and nature, notes, memories, thoughts on conservation and the author’s philosophies on life, love and loss.
I think the book will have a general appeal to many including those who haven't been to Africa. I certainly enjoyed the book but such enjoyment may have been enhanced by the fact that I familiar with the Luangwa and am familiar with some of the author’s previous works having read How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher and also an article he wrote in the Times about a visit he made to the RSPB reserve at Cattawade Suffolk where one of my nephews was the warden at the time.
I think the author's mistaken when he lists Chacma Baboon in his list of mammals seen in North Luangwa. This should I think be Yellow Baboon – maybe I’m being picky! Don't let that put you off there are many and varied interesting observations.