Suddenly on Safari

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'Connie and the boys wanted to use the toilet. A heavily armed African soldier marched the four of them off into the sand-swept night, hopefully to a toilet. Maybe, there was a serial toilet-roll stealer on the loose in Khartoum and the authorities were taking precautions . . . When Connie came back, she said "I don't think I'm going to like Africa", which I thought was a bit unfair because it wasn't like anyone had taken a shot at her or anything.'

What could possibly persuade an ordinary Englishman to take his ...

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Overview

'Connie and the boys wanted to use the toilet. A heavily armed African soldier marched the four of them off into the sand-swept night, hopefully to a toilet. Maybe, there was a serial toilet-roll stealer on the loose in Khartoum and the authorities were taking precautions . . . When Connie came back, she said "I don't think I'm going to like Africa", which I thought was a bit unfair because it wasn't like anyone had taken a shot at her or anything.'

What could possibly persuade an ordinary Englishman to take his wife and three young children into the wilds of East Africa?

Bill Jordan has little idea what he is in for when he accepts a job in Nairobi with Unga Limited. Suddenly on safari, he and his family are swiftly immersed in the strange new world of colonial Africa, grappling with Swahili, tangling with snakes and angry hippos, and fighting off robbers bent on stealing men's trousers. However, something even more menacing lurks on the horizon: a Mau-Mau 'emergency' is declared and the drums of war are beating in Uganda.

Coupling droll wit and lively anecdotes with sharp insights into East African politics, Suddenly on Safari offers a unique, and often hilarious, perspective on a continent on the brink of change. Set during the 1950s and 60s, this compelling memoir charts Bill Jordan's impressive rise from humble animal feeds adviser to Marketing Director and Board member of East Africa's largest milling and food conglomerate. It is also a testimony to the importance of family, with Bill's indomitable wife, Connie, and three young sons providing a constant source of support and humour during his eye-opening encounters with the unforgettable people and places of East Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921731174
  • Publisher: Zeus Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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