on 12 November 2015
In this story "Rex" looks back on his childhood, growing up in Zambia during the 60's, with his best friend "Landy" and his dog (also) "Rex". During their biggest adventure (human) Rex and Landy are forced to confront the difference in their skin colour and how it will effect the paths they must take in life. Their shared love of Rock 'n Roll, fishing, and danger bonds them together. But politics within the country, and the odd slipped word threaten to destroy their friendship.
The story shows how small actions and mistakes in life can have a huge snowball effect.
Total reading time 3-4 hrs (Adventure, Drama)
on 11 July 2011
This is a perceptive, beautifully-written memoir about a colonial childhood that throws a light on a place - Africa - and time - the sixties - that now seem both exotic and impossibly distanced. Friends Rex - son of a British administrator - and Landilane - son of his manservant - set off in an outboard-powered canoe for a radio station in distant Laurenco Marque, where they believe they will be able to meet their hero, legendary r'n'b singer Sam Cooke. On the way they encounter perils ranging from enraged crocodiles to freedom-fighting guerrilla groups, before being finally tracked down by their parents - who despite all the odds never give up on them. In turns funny, terrifying, exciting and touching, Fishing for Crocodiles is a rollicking adventure that would make a great indie movie. Highly recommended.