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Description - Travels in the White Man's Grave by Donald MacIntosh

At the beginning of the 1950s, the interior of West and Central Africa was still known to most of the outside world as the 'White Man's Grave' and consisted of vast expanses of mysterious and threatening primeval forest. When Donald MacIntosh, 23-year-old Gaelic-speaking Scottish forester, was offered a position in Nigeria in 1954, it was a dream come true and he found himself posted to the hot, cloying humidity of those fabled lands. During the next 30 years he was to wander through some of the most remote areas of West Africa where he operated as a forest botanist. There he listened to the tales of ancient Africa from the lips of hunters, fishermen, chiefs and witch doctors from a vast diversity of tribes in myriad encampments. He drank palm wine with them and attended their village dances and ceremonies under the tropic moon. He had many adventures with the creatures of the forest, from the magnificent leopard to the instantly fatal spitting cobra. The sinister arcanum of primitive Africa is never too far away from the surface in this book, encountering a host of characters along the way - with exotic names like 'Magic T. Sperm' and 'Famous Sixpence' - whose stories are all told here.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349114354
ISBN-10: 0349114358
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 125mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » The memoirs of a Scottish forester who went to Africa in the 1950s where he lived for the next 30 years. A rare look at a vanished past. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Donald MacIntosh

Donald MacIntosh is the son of a Perthshire woodcutter and studied forestry in Argyll. He spent 30 years as a tree prospector/surveyor in the rainforests of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria. He now lives in the South of England and is still homesick for the Africa he knew.

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