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Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean

Biography / Memoir

By: Fran Sandham

Duckworth Overlook

Hardback | Oct 2007 | #171049 | ISBN-13: 9780715637029
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Traversa is a fascinating account of the hardships and hilarity Fran Sandham experienced during his epic solo journey on foot across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean through Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Inspired by the legendary crossings of the great explorers, Sandham left the daily grind of London to undertake an extraordinary adventure. "Traversa" describes his brushes with lions and snakes, land mines and bandits, his 2-month battle with a syphilitic donkey, malaria, cockroaches the size of mice and the everyday troubles that arise when walking across Africa. Underpinned with stories of the great explorers themselves - Livingstone, Stanley and Galton among others - "Traversa" is the written proof of Sandham's grit, determination and sheer obsession with the continent of Africa.

'A likeable and self-deprecating narrator ... I found myself increasingly gripped' Observer'Classical account of one man's struggle to test himself against Nature ... Hope we shall hear more of his travels' The Daily Telegraph'Warm and entertaining ... Above all, it is his enthusiasm for adventure and the variety of human life that makes Traversa so memorable' New Statesman'A fresh and hugely amusing perspective ... a heartwarming reflection of Africa's people and places' Metro

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Fran Sandham was an editor at Rough Guides, and worked as a bookseller and in the voluntary sector before that. He has travelled in over 40 countries. He lives in Brighton and London.

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