Magazine article Geographical

An African Love Story

Magazine article Geographical

An African Love Story

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AN AFRICAN LOVE STORY

by Daphne Sheldrick Viking. HB, 16.99 [pounds sterling]

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There are two main themes to Daphne Sheldrick's autobiography: net personal story and the conservation work she corned out in Kenya with her second husband. David.

Sheldrick's farm v moved to Kenya from South Africa in 1907. first trying and failing in the Rift Valley and then setting up more successfully/on the Laikipia Plateau. She talks with feeling about the trials and joys of the pioneer life; being deprived of basic necessities (medication, safety) while surrounded by unspoilt and luxurious nature.

The story heats up when we meet her first husband's employer, David Sheldrick. Conservationist and founder warden of Tsavo National Park, David is portrayed as something of a Mills and Boon hero--good-looking and harbouring a repressed passion for Daphne displayed only through brief flashes of lust in his eyes Luckily, it all works out remarkably amicably for me three of them. …

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