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And Miles to go Before I Sleep Paperback – 9 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; First edition (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906122091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906122096
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Literary, laugh a minute page-turner about Kenya's eccentrics, as seen though the eyes of their vet. The book is a panoply of exquisite observations, wittily expressed and with a modesty that belies the author's remarkable veterinary and personal accomplishments. Featuring virtually every creature from the camel to the chameleon, against the rich and often outrageous backdrop of a veritable Bayeux Tapestry of owners, this is a startlingly unique and highly valuable addition to each of the genres into which it so easily fits. It will be read for years to come - and would especially lend itself to being read aloud.
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This capturing book now in paperback with a map covering the most of Kenya where the authors daily life among animals and people unfolds .We experience life in all its facets .Exhilarating, exciting exhausting, exasperating, as his work can be in sometimes extreme conditions which would make the most of us run miles The authors passionate involvement in the work he does combined with a vast knowledge of all kinds of animals keep us turning the pages. The people he encounters he portrays with a wit and insight quite exceptional.There is no emotion not expressed we laugh, (very often), we cry, we hope and we are deeply moved.This book has it all Betty Kokholm Trige Denmark
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I must admit I was not sure what to expect but had ordered the book as I liked the title (!) and also enjoy reading about pioneer days. I was pleasantly suprised and enjoyed this book very much. It is well written and although some of the procedures are explained in perhaps too much detail for a non vetinarian reader the stories of life & characters he meets are very interesting.
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.
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I have really enjoyed this book. Having been brought up in Kenya in the area that Hugh Cran writes about I have been transported back in time to join with him on his many dusty bumpy journeys to various farms and and to meet the colourful characters which he met on these journeys. There is so much truth in his rather tongue in cheek narrative, the laid back Africans, the hearty and jovial farmers who always as we did welcomed the vet when he managed to turn up either with a cup of tea or something stronger if it was an evening visit. The book is well written and Hugh Cran has done well to include so many characters and events into one book. I hope other readers enjoy it as much as I did. Well done Hugh.
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And Miles to go Before I Sleep
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.

Trevor Jones
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A good read about Hugh Cran's life in Kenya as a vet - both the descriptions of a vet's work, and of the ex-pat life in Kenya (including the roads) were well written and enjoyable - pity it didn't cover more recently but maybe there will be a sequel!
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A book which had to be written and has to be read .The author has a wide knowledge and deep passion for the work he does among animals of all kinds in Kenya . This combined with humour,warmth and a quick perception of the nature of their human owners makes his book a rivoting experience. Read about the colourfull purple Pete and the frightened young Megan (afraid of losing her pony )but Hugh Cran can use her help to the well being of both and the success of the operation.The experience in the flying above kenya and on the roads below is in itself an adventure Elizabeth Kokholm
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My son is a Vet, so I thought to buy this as a present. I did unfortunately begin to 'read' it myself, just to see if it was interesting. It caught me in its exotic way, immediately, so I have kept it to finish.

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.
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