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Gorillas, Tea and Coffee : An African Sketchbook - Kate Llewellyn

Gorillas, Tea and Coffee

An African Sketchbook

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Kate Llewellyn is one of a rare breed of writers who is never boring. Hilarious, exasperating, perceptive, native, tragic, compassionate, honest, but never boring. We laugh and cry with her, because she shares her life with us so abundantly.

After spending her childhood in the small township of Tumby Bay, on the Eyre Peninsular, Kate moved to Adelaide and trained as a nurse. Subsequently, she took a degree in English from Adelaide University, and discovered her gift for poetry, a gift to which she brings an astonishing capacity for finding the vivid image to fortify the keen perception.

Her first prose triumph was The Waterlily, prelude to the Blue Mountains Trilogy, in which she shared with us some of the joy and pain of independent womanhood. She turned to travel writing with Angels and Dark Madonnas, creating a new mode for the genre - a travel book with no advice on hotels or not-to-be-missed wonders, but instead a vivid portrayal of the ordinary sights, sounds and smells of the countries she visits.

This time it's Africa. If you want a taste of it, try Kate's sudden craving for purdah on page 73, or her description of the clove warehouse tree pages later. Don't expect to feel compelled to jump on a plane and follow in her footsteps; reading her account of it is its own reward.

Acknowledgements vi
1. South Africa p. 1
2. Kenya p. 17
3. Tanzania p. 22
4. Zanzibar p. 71
5. Tanzania p. 89
6. Uganda p.105
7. Tanzania p.177
8. Zimbabwe p.191
9. South Africa p.212
10. Australia p.215
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ISBN: 9780949873583
ISBN-10: 0949873586
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 30th April 1996
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.900 x 13.800