And Miles to go Before I Sleep Paperback – 9 Apr 2009
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'Excellently written and in turns laugh-aloud funny and deeply moving.' --Farmer's Guardian, October 2007
'As you read this book you'll smile, wince, be absorbed and wonder at Hugh s ability to remain calm when all around is chaos. This is a good read and will certainly brighten up a winter s evening.' --NFU Countryside Magazine, November 2007
'This proved to be a most enjoyable and, in its way, instructive book. As well as the expected anecdotes about large and small animal medicine, with an exotic twist, there is plenty of atmosphere of life for a young European in the colonies. And it is certainly not all pink gins and evenings in the club. I would happily recommend it.' --UK Vet Magazine, January 2008
About the Author
Hugh Cran qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Scotland in the early-1960s and answered a small ad. in 1966 to work in Kenya. He's there today, married with three daughters, still running his practice in Nakuru. As well as working as a vet, writing and climbing mountains, Hugh is an Honorary Consular Correspondent, covering an area from Nakuru to the Ethiopian border.
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I hope there will be another book that will tell us how his life progressed over later years and if he remained a bachelor or is he still propping up the bar at the aero club.
This contribution is in addition to the seven five star recommendations already on line.
I first met Hugh Cran in 1970 whilst stationed at Nakuru., and again earlier this year. He was and remains a single handed practising veterinary surgeon in a developing Kenya. A consistent character in a changing world.
Imagine being on 24 hour call seven days a week, 365 days a year as Hugh has been on occasion. Many people, some (e.g. teachers and politicians) in positions where they guide the lives of others, have no experience of such a lifestyle. Nor can they accurately imagine it. Unlike the established referral procedure of human medicine, every clients case of animal disease stops with Hugh. Such immersion in a life style does focus the mind and perhaps partly explains the accuracy of details from 40 years ago. I recall some of his characters and his descriptions are remarkably accurate.
Whites, Africans and their fascinating interface are described. His work also takes him amongst different strata of society. Whilst a gregarious character who meets lots of people, he is usually left to his own resources. He lives what many in the UK would regard as a continuous adventure. The toughness of the environment and often his work is treated as routine. He records some quite serious illnesses of his own with sardonic humour.
One agrees with the reviewer in the Veterinary Record that this book is "of real literary merit" . It can be dipped into at intervals for a satisfying read .
The publishers have requested a post 1978 follow up, which will appear in due course.
Kenya and lots of Africa has been destroyed really after the colonists left. I am shocked to write that line, Zimbabwe, and most other African countries are in turmoil.
The book paints a picture of eccentric europeans in the endgame, much like current times in South Africa.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read for anyone with history of Kenya. Easy read with great detail and atmosphere.Published 3 months ago by Andysmokey
Kenya became an independent country in 1963. In 1966 a young Scots Veterinary Surgeon went out there to work in a general practice in the agricultural heart of the country. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris Schermbrucker
Loved this book. I think I would have been delighted with it even if I hadn't been a Kenyan child of Scottish parents, and a vet like Hugh, because it's written with a wonderful... Read morePublished 9 months ago by fredatheflea
If you love Africa and animals you will enjoy this book.In addition to telling his story of the daily life as a vet in Kenya there is a good description of the area and some... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ebony
Writing style can be difficult to get past but the stories are superb. Feel like I could have a go delivering a foal or handling a prolapse - as interesting as it is educational... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. C. Scott
I started to read this book with enthusiasm but rather quickly felt I was losing the will to live! The author gives far too much detail before getting to the point and the style... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Arekuna
I started with high hopes, and found the early chapters interesting. It was good to hear someone's experiences in a new country. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2013 by Susan