A wonderfully evocative account of a lost time in Africa before political, genocidal maelstroms reframed the way the continent is perceived. Writing with great sensitivity and authenticity, Mathie enriches our understanding not just of the people but of the human spirit that thrives there." - Tim Butcher, author of Blood River and Chasing the Devil. This inherently gripping story is made more so through Mathie's masterful writing. His remarkable skill for conveying the essence of characters further enhances the tale. In my opinion, this book should be required reading in all high schools. - Goodreads Brilliant! I loved it from start to finish. - Newbooks In terms of its overall flavour, quality and impact value, I'd bracket it with the classic 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall. - The Bookbag Insightful... thought-provoking... an incredible world far removed from anything most of us will have experienced. - The Leamington Courier
About the Author
Ian Mathie spent his childhood in Africa and returned there, after school and a short service commission in the RAF, as a rural development officer working for the British government and several other agencies. His work in water resources and related projects during the 1970s brought him into close contact with the African people, their cultures and varied tribal customs, many of which are now all but lost. These experiences, recorded in his notebooks, were the inspiration for a series of African memoirs, of which Bride Price is the first volume. Ian continued to visit Africa until health considerations curtailed his travelling. He now lives in south Warwickshire with his wife and dog.