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This review is from: Trek (Paperback)This book recounts an ill-fated trip in 1955, which is a classic example of British eccentricity which seems, very sadly, to be dying out now. The first part of the quartet's journey, leaving Kenya and then travelling through Uganda, Congo, Cameroon and Nigeria is a jolly traipse through colonial Africa, where the worst part of the journey is getting harassed by the nocturnal insects.
However, Stewart is setting us up for the downward spiral of events that occur as the little Morris leaves Nigeria and encounters the ravages of the Sahara. As the car gets repeatedly stuck in the sands, Stewart does well to convey the stiff upper lip attitude of the travellers as they refused to panic or despair in the face of the horrendous situation they found themselves in.
This is a nice little book, which benefits from Stewart's long held interest in this ill-fated escapade and the fact that he met two of the travellers at their homes in Kenya. The photos in the book (all taken by the quartet themselves) are an invaluable addition to help the reader visualise the highs and lows of this epic journey. Something that would have added to the completeness of the book, would have been some mention of what finally happened to the Morris (is it lying decrepit in some Kenyan farm building?) and also, if possible, some modern day photos or description of the area where the French Foreign Legion finally came to the rescue.
I also need to add that if you require a more compact (but much more sensationalist) account of this same journey, you should get your hands on the "The Wide World: True Adventures for Men" book, which is available elsewhere on Amazon.