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The books I’ve chosen this year are not all published by independent authors, but those I’ve chosen as I think I will enjoy them.

My special interests are Africa (no surprises there), history, a good thriller or murder mystery and stories that unravel the inner workings inside those bastions of power. I hate to guess the ending of a book and admire those authors who cleverly wrap up the red herrings and leave me breathless on the last page.

Here are the next 5 for 2018.



A cleverly written book that made me both smile and cry – not many books do that. Based on a true story it features England in war time, both from the point of view of the soldier who went overseas to fight in 1918 and the girl he left…

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Spontaneous Moments & Fender Benders – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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When traveling, doing things spontaneously is part of the journey & these things tend to be some of the most memorable. Sometimes you decide to do these things, other times these things are decided for you. This was one of the times when things were completely out of my control.

I was connecting through the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia & I had a layover of just under 2 hours. Things started going downhill just before take-off of the flight going to Addis Ababa, bad weather closed the airport & we sat in the plane waiting to take-off for over an hour & a half. I thought we would make up some time en route & I would still make my connection – we didn’t & my next flight left without me.

The airline put me on the next available flight which was a good 20+ hours later; they also…

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The Sighting of a Lifetime.

The Life of a Safari Guide

Thursday 11th of January. A day I will remember forever.


The morning started off well with standard  sightings of elephants and buffalo, but we were left frustrated when the lions that we had responded to decided to move off into the bush as we arrived. This meant my guests only vaguely saw the ear of a lion which was rather annoying.

Yet as always, when you’re feeling down Africa will always bring you back up, just as it can bring you crashing down after an almighty high. When I drive, I base it around waterholes, often visiting two or three different water points during the drive. My rationale: every animal needs water to survive. On the way to the first waterhole we saw a herd of buffalo grazing quietly, then out of the thicket came a 7.2 tonne bull elephant in musth chasing the buffalo around. You never realise…

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I am really enjoying following Lucinda E. Clarke’s blog!!

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I was really thrilled to read Christoph’s review of Stolen Future. He’s an author I really admire and praise from him is high praise indeed.

Even modestly I have to admit I think this is my best book so far. With each new book I’ve learned something and hopefully put the lessons into practice.

Maybe I should let Christoph tell you what he thinks  🙂

I am quite in awe of this story. The third in this series it features Amie back in Africa with her husband Jonathon. You know something is bound to happen to them again, the suspense starts early and lingers with a sense of impending doom. Being familiar with the characters and their past helped, but you can’t help feeling for admiring Amie as the high octane roller coaster ride of events unfold.
The tension makes the reading quite compelling, even when the pace gives you…

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Visit to Nyarugusu Refugee Camp Part I

This is great information about the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. It experiencing increased birth rates and donor fatigue. This puts life in perspective.


Since gaining independence Tanzania has long been known for its friendly accommodations of refugees. Being bordered by eight countries makes it especially prone to refugee influxes. Specifically, its location next to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda , all of whom have experienced periods of stability has resulted in large refugee influxes into Tanzania. According to a meeting with the UNHCR, at one point there were over 1 million refugees distributed among 10 camps in Tanzania. These camps were later closed as residents were either given the option of voluntary repatriation or citizenship in Tanzania. However, Camp Nyarugusu, which was built in 1996 to accomodate refugees fleeing the civil war in the DRC, remained opened and is currently the only refugee camp in Tanzania.

Recently, it has been estimated that over 50,000 refugees have fled from Burundi to Tanzania to escape political unrest that began on April…

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