All three women in this book are interesting and write well - none of the flowery Victorian prose I was expecting.
Helen Caddick was a single woman who took off into what is now South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi with some hired bearers to carry her and her goods. She writes so well about being carried through rivers and fearing her weight would bring her down that I felt I knew her.
Annie Hore travelled with her husband and baby through Tanzania to Lake Tanganika while dealing with slave catchers, runaway bearers and illness - but she never whines.
Eliza Bradley does whine rather a lot, but she was captured and taken as a slave. Her words on barbarians are not PC, and I would not have found her a good travel companion, but I did find her amusing.
I thoroughly recommend this book as a window on travel before guide books and mobile phones. There were no wilting violets among these women.