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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091897432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091897437
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hilarious memoir...Enchanting and amazing" (The Daily Mail)

"A delight" (The Guardian)

"Laugh out loud is an understatement...a wonderful insight into life in Africa from a two-foot high point of view, witty, touching and above all affectionate" (The Press Assocation)

"Tick Bite Fever itches with mordant wit - there's at least one turn of phrase per paragraph that gets among your ribs like a feather duster. An excellent memoir" (Uncut Magazine)

"Exotic hats off to David Bennun, who has written a book full of warmth and self-deprecating humour" (Word Magazine)

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'Matchlessly witty-one of the country's funniest writers.' Steven Poole, The Guardian

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By marie greenall on 20 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
I fould this book very amusing but also very thought provoking. Having been to Kenya four of five times you realise this ia a wry humour sometimes but you can actually laugh aloud and keep reading bits to others. Descriptions of countryside are good and is a must read, hope he writes more
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ann Woodriff Beirne on 3 Aug 2004
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This is real belly laugh stuff. I am a hard act to please but David Bennun's open account of his own life is quality humour of the highest order - because it is genuine and not contrived. No "wit" involved - this is funny stuff. I wish all kids could have the same level of adventure in their lives to enrich them as adult beings. Thank you for your honest history that out-does any computer game available on the market today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Rowe on 30 Sep 2010
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A brilliant book,well written it takes you into Africa with all its dangers. It will make you laugh ,David the little boy is a true Dennis The Menace but in a lot more danger! I just loved it.( Another recent book I read was Speak Swahili Dammit which if you enjoyed Tic Bite Fever I would also highly recomend.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Penhaligon on 11 Sep 2010
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This is a lovely, warm & humorous book. Great stuff to take away on holiday. You always look forward to free time to get back to reading, and then you laugh out loud. These sorts of books, based in Africa, are rare. Well done David Bennun! I can also recommend "Speak Swahili, Dammit" by James Penhaligon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 July 2004
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Tick bite fever is indeed very infectious! David Bennun's very unusual and restless upbringing in an exotic accident-prone environment told in a hilarious nifty way. Superb!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DR on 31 Oct 2011
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Literally laughed out loud every few pages of Tick Bite Fever, and was moved to tears at the end. Could really relate to it as in some ways it was typical of my own childhood in Kenya, and my friends and I were at school with the author. However growing up in Kenya is not a prerequisite for enjoying this wonderful book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Pollock on 5 April 2005
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A really interesting book. The memoir of a young white boy growing up in post colonial Africa. Written with real affection, the Africa revealed here is fascinating, beautiful and vibrant.
One complaint. I've noticed other reviewers have praised the humour in this book. I didn't laugh out loud at a single passage. The attempts at comedy seemed contrived and were the only thing I disliked about this book
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mw001" on 19 Jun 2003
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A warm and funny account of an accident-prone child growing up in Kenya. Bennum has a dry humour that had me laughing out loud throughout. At times I had to stop reading at night to avoid waking my wife and baby with stifled chuckles. An excellent read.
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