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Adventures on an African Farm



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Wild Life: Adventures on an African Farm by Aidan Hartley

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Five years ago, after the senseless murder of his closest friend in Nairobi, Aidan Hartley packed up his bags and headed for the hills with his wife and young daughter. They bought a vast tract of dry land in Laikipia in Northern Kenya, with no fences, no phones, and no company other than the errant witchdoctor who cursed the dust of Aidan's footsteps, and set out to build a farm from scratch. But it wasn't long before Aidan discovered that his patch of wilderness was full of life: not just the farmhands spending their wages on drink, weddings and funerals, but a whole procession of curious neighbours, intriguing locals, and occasional run-ins with leopards and elephants. Although Aidan grew up on a farm in Tanzania and thought he had farming in his blood, nothing prepared him for how hard rural life would be.But with the help of the locals, the farm developed, and all three of the family proved to have far more to learn from their neighbours than they'd ever expected. "Wild Life" story is a remarkable book, by turns heartbreaking and wonderfully funny.

Author Biography

Aidan Hartley is the author of The Zanzibar Chest, an international bestseller shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson prize and the Duff Cooper prize. He writes a column for the Spectator called Wild Life, and has written and presented several series, including Plain Tales from the Commonwealth for Radio 4, and Unreported World for Channel 4. He lives in Laikipia, in northern Kenya, and occasionally escapes to London.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2098
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
William Heinemann Ltd
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