Mastodon The Writing Desk: Book Launch Spotlight: Safari Ants, Baggy Pants And Elephants: A Kenyan Odyssey, by Susie Kelly

17 June 2017

Book Launch Spotlight: Safari Ants, Baggy Pants And Elephants: A Kenyan Odyssey, by Susie Kelly

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

The long-awaited sequel to Susie Kelly's US Amazon Top 40 ranking memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry described by BookBub as "A Child Called It meets Out Of Africa in this stunning memoir of a woman's 1950s childhood in Kenya. Filled with candid humor and insights, this authentic tale captures one woman's incredible coming-of-age journey." 

More than 40 years after leaving Kenya, Susie unexpectedly finds herself returning for a safari organised by an old friend. With her husband Terry, Susie sets off for a holiday touring the game reserves, but what she finds far exceeds her expectations. In this, her seventh, travelogue, she takes readers from five star hotels to luxury tents in the wilderness, and to poverty in Nairobi's slums, describing a journey of joy, excitement, discovery, nostalgia, of new friendships and encounters of the very close kind with Kenya’s majestic wildlife.

Forgotten memories come flooding back as she revisits the scenes of her childhood and adolescence, so movingly portrayed in her popular memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry, many of them changed beyond recognition.

Written in her characteristic laid back style, this is a travel tale that will appeal to all those readers who have enjoyed Susie's previous books, as well as anybody who has lived in or dreams of visiting Kenya, the magical land Susie still thinks of as ‘home’.

'Vivid, moving, entertaining. Anybody thinking of taking a safari holiday in Kenya, or who would like to take an armchair safari to Kenya, should read this book.'

"Hemingway wrote:'I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.' That is how I feel about Kenya. You feel at once insignificant and amazing, just for being here. This magnificent, beautiful country, birthplace of mankind, owner of my heart." 

Susie Kelly 
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About the Author

Born a Londoner, Susie Kelly spent most of the first twenty-five years of her life in Kenya. She now lives in south-west France with her husband and assorted animals. Susie particularly enjoys exploring the road less travelled, discovering the lives and events of lesser-known places. Her popular travel books have dominated Amazon's UK paid French Travel Bestsellers. Prior to publishing with Blackbird, Susie was with Transworld who sold over 50,000 of her titles in the UK. Follow Susie on Twitter @SusieEnFrance.

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