Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos

Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos

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by Peter Allison
     
 

Incredible true tales from a world-renowned safari guide and celebrated author Romantic notions aside, being a safari guide isn’t always particularly enjoyable or glamorous. Quite often it is beset with challenges, like having to spend a night in a thorn tree with marauding hyenas below. But safari guide Peter Allison lives for such moments. Here, the author

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Incredible true tales from a world-renowned safari guide and celebrated author Romantic notions aside, being a safari guide isn’t always particularly enjoyable or glamorous. Quite often it is beset with challenges, like having to spend a night in a thorn tree with marauding hyenas below. But safari guide Peter Allison lives for such moments. Here, the author of the widely praised Whatever You Do, Don’t Run details his time spent in safari camps not only in Botswana but also in South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia—places he loves, despite how much it feels like they might just be trying to kill him. In Don’t Look Behind You, Allison recounts adventures few would live to tell. Like the time he and a group of bored guides launched a makeshift raft into a foaming, flooded river teeming with hippos and crocodiles. Or the afternoon he heard monkeys telling him that a leopard was walking around the camp, and then realized the leopard was in his tent, with him in it. In addition to relating his encounters with animals, Allison shares the stories of those tourists who have long been pushing him toward early retirement. Normally respectful of all his fellow creatures no matter how many feet they have, Allison fantasizes about leaving one in particular behind on the Skeleton Coast, a place that receives less than half an inch of rain a year, and is patrolled by lions and hyenas. Join Peter Allison for another riveting, rollicking, behind-the-scenes dose of everyone’s dream experience—going on safari—and come through amazed but, thankfully, without a scratch.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Whatever You Do, Don't Run: "Allison's infectious enthusiasm for both the African bush and his job showing its wonders to tourists is readily apparent." —Booklist "His misadventures make Whatever You Do, Don't Run an absorbing read. . . . The material is rich, and Allison is a gifted storyteller. And the only thing stranger than African fiction is African truth." —National Geographic Adventure "After reading this entrancing memoir, an African safari may move to No. 1 on your travel wish list. The only catch is you'll want the author as your guide." —Chicago Sun-Times Praise for Don't Look Behind You: "The best compliment you can pay a travel writer is to read his work and feel like you're right there with him. For more than two hundred pages, I felt like I was in Africa, up to my neck in danger. I don't even know this guy, but more than once I lay awake at night, worrying for his safety. Enough adventure, action, life lessons, and laughs to fill a movie and four sequels. The fact that Allison survived to write any of this down is a miracle in itself." —Cash Peters, author of Naked in Dangerous Places and Gullible's Travels
Kirkus Reviews
Safari guide Allison (Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide, 2007) recalls his experiences with deadly animals. In ragged chronological fashion, the author takes us on a ten-year journey, from his period of guide training, to his unsatisfying experiences as a trainer of other guides, to his four-year Australian hiatus and, finally, his happy return to Africa. The chapters-mainly stand-alone accounts of his experiences-follow a general pattern: I didn't realize what I was doing; I got in trouble; I escaped with my life! Often the segments begin with a bit of dialogue and feature varying measures of self-deprecation (frequently about his feckless driving), wildlife lore, some exciting bit of danger-often, conveniently, beyond the view of any witnesses other than himself and the beast-and even the occasional insensitive analogy: He makes facetious allusions to both Helen Keller and the fire-bombing of Dresden. Along the way are obligatory I-could've-died moments-often late at night, his only weapon a flashlight with dying batteries-with lions, leopards and a particularly annoyed elephant that punished Allison for trying to snatch a souvenir hair or two from its tail. There are moments of regret, too, generally involving the death of an animal. On one occasion the author informed the local authorities about a buffalo threatening the camp; two shooters arrived to deal with it and enacted what the author calls "an incomprehensively brutal slaughter."In some of the world's most remote and fascinating locations, Allison sticks resolutely to the most conventional narrative road. Agent: Kate Epstein/Epstein Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599214696
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
560,282
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Allison is the author of Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide (Lyons Press). His safaris have been featured in such magazines as Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller, and he has assisted National Geographic photographers and appeared on television shows such as Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Peter Allison's second collection of stories about his time in Africa as a safari guide is a rare look at this intriguing lifestyle. What most people dream of doing for a week or two on vacation, Peter Allison lives. As you might expect, living with lions, leopards, elephants, and hippos, in addition to tourists, Allison has more than his share of adventures to relate. He does so with humor and love for his adopted country, always able to poke fun of himself and his rookie mistakes as a safari guide. Through it all his love for Africa and its amazing wildlife shine through. His books make me really, really want to visit Africa!
Painterroy More than 1 year ago
Great book, but the Ebook has serious grammar mistakes. Basically all the almost all of the words that should have been capitalized ("I", names of people & countries, beginning of sentences etc.) were not. This made for a very uncomfortable read. The publisher of this book should be held accountable for releasing this in Ebook format without anyone overlooking the editing.
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I love Peter Allison's writing. His stories showcase his obvious passion for Africa and wildlife.