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|Boots and Saddles in Africa, Thomas Lambie
- One of the geographic legends of the early
twentieth century was the Abyssinian kingdom of Emperor Haile Selassie.
Existing in self-imposed isolation, this medieval world was an
adventurer’s paradise when Thomas Lambie arrived in 1919. A missionary
and physician, Lambie was in addition a first class horseman with a hunger
Eventually Lambie was called to ride through the mountainous countryside
to visit one of the local kings, His Majesty Ras Tafari (afterwards to be
crowned Emperor Haile Selassie). Thus began one of the strangest
friendships in Ethiopian history, the hard riding doctor and the
mysterious ruler of a kingdom dating back 2,000 years.
“Boots and Saddles in Africa” is Lambie’s story of his equestrian
journeys, told with the grit and realism that marks a true classic. Twelve
journeys are laid out, all taken for a definite medical purpose or on
orders of the Emperor, in which Lambie rode through the hidden hills and
roadless green valleys of a country that has become a legend among
The rediscovered classic, full of practical knowledge and lost wisdom, is
a spirited read for students of either horses or history.
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|Travels with Fortune, Christina Dodwell
- This is the amazing tale of Christina Dodwell’s first adventure: a
three-year journey through Africa. She was twenty-four when she and three
companions crossed the Sahara by Landrover. But the two men of the party
took the car and left her and her friend Lesley stranded in the middle of
Recounted with modesty and good humour, it is
a story of great tenacity and incredible courage. Christina travelled by
horse, camel, on foot, hitching lifts from time to time—even hailing passing
airplanes out of the sky!
The author shared meals with cannibals, was
treated by witch-doctors, learned to pan gold, and was imprisoned on a boat
by a sexually perverse sea captain. She and her friend journeyed almost a
thousand miles down the Congo River in a dugout canoe: the first women in
the world to accomplish such a hazardous journey.
This is a truly extraordinary travel book. It
is a brilliant account of Africa, its sights and smells, its many races,
seen through the eyes of an English girl. It is also the story of the
education of innocence, a deeply honest self-portrait of Christina Dodwell’s
reactions to herself in Africa—and how Africa changed her.
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The Will to Win, Gordon Naysmith
- Imagine the most
impossible equestrian journey of all time – now double it. Pretend for a
moment you’re tough enough to ride 20,000 kilometres from Africa to Austria
– then consider the fact that someone actually rode that far.
recounts the only equestrian journey of its kind undertaken during the 20th
century – a mounted trip stretching across 16 countries.
a Scottish pentathlete and former military man, set out in 1970 to ride from
the tip of the African continent to the 1972 Olympic Games in distant
accomplished horseman, Naysmith thought he understood the dangers and
rigours the journey would throw at him. He was wrong.
The trail across
Africa brought the Long Rider and his rugged Basutho horses into contact
with the most dangerous predators on the continent – both men and beasts.
Deserts, wars, ambushes. Naysmith rode through them all with a ferocious
determination. He was trapped with his horses on board ship in the Red Sea.
He nearly died of thirst in the deserts of Arabia.
At one point,
suffering from an injury about to turn gangrenous, Naysmith “dressed the
wound and gave myself a jab of vitamin B12. Heavy dose for a man but I have
to ride on.”
The world threw a
great many obstacles at Gordon.
The world failed.
Here then is the
unique tale of a complicated man who would not be conquered. Hard at times
on himself, his horses and even the woman he loved, Naysmith reveals a
strange mixture of warm Celtic charm and cold relentless drive. Of all the
equestrian travel books written about 20th century mounted
adventure, The Will to Win stands alone in terms of the length of the
journey, the number of dangers overcome and the sheer determination of the
rider. Some may argue
that Naysmith is not a polished writer. He is instead a
Long Rider who has shared the story of his marvellous equestrian odyssey.
If you’re looking
for romance, this isn’t the book for you. If you want to ride the rough
road, then press on.
But remember, you’ve been warned
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