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Backseat Safari [Kindle Edition]

Robyn Keene-Young
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten years and 250 000 kilometres ago, Robyn Keene-Young left the corporate world to live in a tent and document the African wild with her husband, Adrian Bailey. He'd take the pictures, she'd write the copy. By turns funny and sad, dramatic and thought-provoking, Backseat Safari chronicles their adventures and misadventures photographing the wildlife of southern Africa, as well as the lives of the animals they lived with.

From Getaway:
So you thought being a wildlife photographer and writer was a glamorous business, all expenses lodges and lion kills? Uh - no. Backseat Safari is an honest, witty, sometimes funny and sometimes sad collection of tales of ... Robyn Keene-Young's life as a wildlife documenter. While photographer Adrian Bailey, her husband, tries to capture southern Africa through his lens, Robyn's all about words. Her stories of their journeys and her office in the back seat of their Land Rover are a must-read - especially to put the couple's glossy books and travel features into perspective.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1782 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Road Media; 1.1 edition (29 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVZA8U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Robyn Keene-Young and her husband Adrian operate a wildlife photography and documentary production company in Southern Africa. Their life is spent on the road, living rough in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This is a book about what their lives are like. Robyn has a chatty writing style that took me a little while to get used to, but which became very enjoyable to read. She also has a keen sense of humour. Unlike tourist operators, Robyn and Adrian would sometimes follow the same groups of animals for weeks at a time and it's very interesting to read about what they saw. I especially enjoyed the chapters about their time observing a pack of wild dogs and about a pride of lions who habitually feed on hippos.

Over the course of the book Robyn goes from being a law student who hates camping and knows little about the bush, to an informed expert who explains the politics of cross-border national parks, how and why animals are sometimes culled and/or relocated and the realities of how even eco-tourism affects the environment - but why it is still important. She also shares interesting pieces of history and literature that help to explain this fascinating region.

In the early part of the book there was a lot of Afrikaan jargon which I found confusing. Don't let this put you off as it doesn't continue. I also discovered (after I finished reading!) that there is a glossary of words at the end of the book.

I really enjoyed reading this book which is something a bit different from the usual tourism stories.

I read this on my Kindle. Unfortunately that meant no photographs, but you can see many gorgeous photos on the couple's Road Media website, including photo essays described in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read 23 Jun. 2014
By Arekuna
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I bought this book as I had recently been on a safari holiday to S. Africa and was interested to read of her experiences. It is written in a very chatty way and keeps the reader's interest throughout. I found it very amusing in places and laughed out loud a number of times. Robyn also gives interesting information of how the Kruger Park was expanded and other plans for future game reserves. I think anyone who has experience of a safari holiday would enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 24 April 2013
By Lainey
I really enjoyed this book, and felt as though I was with you on your travels, next time can I come?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back Seat Safari excellent read 31 Jan. 2013
By PC
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Well written with amusing style. I was hooked from the first page. Will look for more books by same author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurs 13 Feb. 2012
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A very disappointing book. I could understand the nervous approach to travelling around Africa with little or no experience and I looked forward to the author's confidence and knowledge increasing as her experiences expanded. Sadly this was not the case, the book continued to express the couples naivety of life in the bush, highlighted by the nagging of a minority of badly behaved paying game viewers and the surprise at the behaviour of the animals they photographed. The writing style is simplistic and the author fails to deliver a professional script even when prompted to do so by a professional writer. I would give this book a miss, there are better options.
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