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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely captivating!, 20 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Beyond the Wild Wood: Further Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary (Paperback)
A truly wonderful read. Bookey Peek brings to life in a most magical way the honey badger she and her family so lovingly brought up. With an absolutely unique experience of this traditionally 'most-feared' animal in the African bush, the story is an exceptional one. The author's own vivacious character leaps off the page at every turn so that you are irresistibly drawn in to her world and her remarkable relationship with Badger - on closing the book you really feel as if you've made a life-long friend in both the author and this capricious cub! A truly heart-warming story which is even more incredible against the fraught Zimbabwean background in which it is set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Wild Wood, 27 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Beyond the Wild Wood: Further Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary (Paperback)
A wonderful album of African experience - the sweet and the sour, the heartwarming and the heartbreaking - this is a story about animals and humans and the Zimbabwean bush. It's in the tradition of Gerald Durrell; and it's also probably the only book-length portrait that will ever be presented of an elusive, endangered and extraordinary species: the African honey badger. Full of feeling without ever being saccharine, Peek has an emotional honesty that deftly steers her writing clear of sentimentality. Matthew Parris
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read from start to finish, 27 Dec. 2012
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These stories bring you right into Bookey Peek's adventures at her wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One feels the great understanding she has of animals and in particular her honey badger. Bookey's respect for animals and nature is something very special which she gets across in her writing. Her optimism is remarkable living through really tough times in Zimbabwe and it is not difficult to understand why it is often impossible to leave a place one loves so much, a certain magic which comes from the heart of Africa. This is a beautifully written book showing a great understanding of life lived close to nature in contrast to the constant race of the life most of us live in the western world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different, 2 Nov. 2012
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this is a nice book with a very different background writing. bought it as a gift ad my partner enjoyed it throughly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bookey Peeke does it again, 8 Feb. 2013
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A fun, interesting book which I shall read over and over again before recommending it all my friends and passing it on to my children
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