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Horizon Fever - Explorer A E Filby's own account of his extraordinary expedition through Africa, 1931 - 1935 [Kindle Edition]

A E Filby , Victoria Twead , Joe Twead
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 184 pages
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Book Description

Not only was A E Filby a famous British explorer, but he was also my Uncle Archie. He died before I was born, but his unpublished manuscript, ‘Horizon Fever', and many scrapbooks, survived. Proclaimed "the World's most travelled motorist", A E Filby undertook some breathtaking expeditions, including his 37,000 mile journey from London to Cape Town and back in a series of dilapidated motorcars.

‘Horizon Fever’ is an honest, colourful, often shocking account; a snapshot of bygone days and attitudes. It tells of missionaries, pygmies, big-game hunting, gold-mining, crossing the Sahara and swimming in the Nile with crocodiles. One of Archie’s companions was a monkey called Congo. Another was a dog that adopted him, until it was killed and dragged up a tree by a leopard. Archie himself comes across as a courageous, feisty, quick-tempered, bossy little man, but full of fun, generous and never one to bear a grudge.

Thanks to Archie’s records and photographs, we have a unique glimpse of an astonishing feat of endurance, 80 years after it was completed.

Victoria Twead

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2351 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M5O7PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars They dont make men like that anymore 16 Oct. 2012
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Oh my I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think Uncle Archie is my new hero. This book is an incredible account of his adventures across Africa in the 1930's driving a car to places you really wouldn't go now. Wonderful tales of the wildlife, scenery and people he encountered. Thank goodness Victoria's family have kept these diaries all these years. I really look forward to reading about his other adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 9 Aug. 2014
By Arekuna
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Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, but bought it after reading Victoria Twead's four autobiographical books (this is written by her great Uncle I believe). The book is very entertaining and makes for easy reading, and it keeps the reader's attention. It does tend to skim over quite a few incidents, and I would have liked more details, but I guess as it was only originally written as a "diary" and not for publication, that's the reason. He must have been quite an adventurous person to undertake such a long journey on unmade (non-existent) roads across Africa - it's bad enough in parts these days!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeeves and Wooster do Africa 20 April 2013
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An interesting period in english history is brought to life with a first hand account of an African adventure. With images that add to the general ambiance as well as the freedom from political correctness in the text. No pretentions and peppered with interesting anecdotal asides Horizon Fever makes for a very entertaining read. One can imagine the cigarette holder and the glass of wine as the intrepid explorers relax round a camp fire. Jeeves and Wooster country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The amazing adventures of an amazing man. 13 Nov. 2013
By Cherry
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A very entertaining and interesting read about an eccentric journey around Africa. Not only is this an eye-opener in terms of Africa in the 1930s, it is also reveals the mind-set of an extraordinary man. A man who just never gives up, whether he's adrift without money or car, sharing food with the "natives", climbing the pyramids without a permit or gold mining in what might have been King Solomon's mines, he continues to rely on his wits and trust to his good fortune. As he travels alongside different companions (including a dog, a monkey and a tame cheetah!) he displays courage and a self-deprecating sense of humour which reflect the era from which he came. They don't make Englishmen like this any more! Highly recommended.
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What an amazing man, and an amazing journey. Apparently brought up in luxury, he never minded roughing it when necessary. His never-say-die attitude helped in many sticky situations. When things went wrong, or friends abandoned him (some might say understandably) he just picked himself up and carried on regardless. He could be the person who invented make-do-and-mend. Everything always turned out all right in the end so long as there was a good bottle of claret waiting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting read 16 April 2013
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Well worth the cost for the digital download.
Gives a great read of a time now sadly past, when explorers could cross the African continent in realtive safety.
A real gung ho explorer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly interesting read 5 April 2013
By J
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I started my 1 year Diploma in Travel Medicine and the first assignment was to read a book about an adventurer/explorer in the pre 1950s and write about it. My first reaction - *rolling my eyes*. Having wasted an afternoon and an evening roaming about in the bookstores with a yelling bored toddler, I went onto amazon and typed in explorer/adventurer and found this book. Bought the kindle version and I was onto it! This is not the type of book I would read even if I had the time to. To my surprise, it was really interesting. Archie is an inspiration - carefree and adventurous, though to the extent of being too carefree ie careless at times. I am now struggling to finish my assignment as I have gone way over the word counts and I find it very hard to cut some of Archie's adventures out. I feel that the tutors marking the paper will be missing out if I did! Thank you Victoria for sharing your Uncle Archie and his adventures! (And tip - I found it so much more interesting and easier to follow with an Atlas sitting right next to me!)
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