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David Bennun
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Book Description

5 Aug 2004

Tick Bite Fever is the unconventional memoir of a very unconventional childhood.

In the early Seventies, Dave Bennun's family transplanted themselves from Swindon to the wilds of Kenya. His father, who was a doctor, had lived in Africa before (but had felt it expedient to leave when the South African government realised he was carting explosives around in the boot of his car for the ANC). For Dave, Kenya was bemusingly new. It would be his home for the next 16 years.

In Kenya, the childhood memoir takes on a rather surreal tone! On the way home from school, closed because a pair of lions are padding around the playground, Dave is mugged by baboons. Meet Dave's favourite pet Achilles, the almost indestructible dog! Find out about 'Nairobi snow' - and the national radio station that only has three records. And read about Dave and his Dad spending happy Sunday afternoons being chased by a herd of elephants. Enchantingly funny, Tick Bite Fever is a tale of the fading innocence of childhood, miles ahead of the competition.

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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: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,697 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Bite Fever 20 Feb 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Bite Fever 3 Aug 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tic Bite Fever 30 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Bite Fever 11 Sep 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and moving - a must read 31 Oct 2011
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Africa is the star 5 April 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book which is an excellent account of growing up ...
A brilliant book which is an excellent account of growing up in Kenya in the 80s. I am a few years younger than the author and went to the same schools and although I don't know... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Anita
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, enjoyable
Like many autobiographies of white children growing up in Africa, this book has some charming and downright hilarious moments. Read more
Published 2 months ago by natalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I really enjoyed reading this book, he writes easily and readably and the story flows without getting boring or repetitive.
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Bill Bryson
I bought this by chance and after glancing at the first page I could not put it down. The writer's voice is similar to that of Bill Bryson. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mrsgwyllt
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable
Hilarious in places and touching in others. This made me chuckle and thank my luck stars I had two girls.
Published 20 months ago by gagates
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to expectations
I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially as I lived in Kenya for twenty years and looked forward to taking a trip down memory lane. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Swizzlestick
5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Bite Fever
Made me laugh out loud on many occasions and (somewhat irritatingly for the rest of my family) keep reading out extracts that I found particularly funny. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by Rooinek
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Really struggled with this book, I couldn't help but feel that the author thought he had a good idea for a book and then found out he didn't, the book was neither one thing or the... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Northern lights
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that funny
It started as quite amusing and witty, however, about half way through it just got lost somewhere and became long-winded as if the author had run out of material. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Maikku
2.0 out of 5 stars not a great book
It seems anyone can write a book these days whether you're talented or not! Very poor read, drones on about South African history and fails to be amusing in any way. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Y. Ballantine
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