In Praise of Savagery

 

“In Praise of Savagery is brilliant, I absolutely love it. It really deserves to be the new Fever Pitch, which is what it reminds of. 5 stars.”
Jonathan Main, owner of the Bookseller Crow bookshop.


What it’s about:

The story of a journey into an uncharted land inhabited by murderous tribal warriors and ruled over by a bloodthirsty sultan - and of the man who lived to tell the tale. And the story of the author’s journey, fifty years later, to a mud hut in Africa to visit him at the end of his life.


As a young man, Warwick Cairns met the then elderly explorer Wilfred Thesiger and the two men struck up an unlikely friendship. Invited to visit him at his African home, Cairns decides to make a bit of an adventure of it and do some of the journey on foot.

When he himself was a young man, Thesiger led an expedition to explore the course of the Awash river in Ethiopia. Every westerner that had gone before him had been killed by local tribesmen. Needless to say, he survived.

Alternating chapters chart Warwick’s journey with that of Thesiger creating a captivating dual narrative that is part travel book, part biography, part autobiography, part history with fair doses of philosophy and humour thrown in for good measure.

In Praise of Savagery is a highly original book that defies classification but is always effortlessly readable.




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