Ride the Wings of Morning: Letters to and from Africa Paperback – 22 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Once a television director, later a horseback safari guide and wildlife artist based in Southern Africa, Sophie Neville is now back in the UK working on true life stories and fundraising for Christian charities. She is an executive producer with Witness Films Ltd. http://sophieneville.net/
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It is presented in the form of letters (mostly) between her and her sisters, so the book uncovers the warmth of the relationships within the family, and is written with immediacy and freshness. Much other ground is also covered - the wildlife, plenty about horses and misbehaving cars, lively descriptions of the ex-pat and local workers and tourists, a vivid sense of the locations that Neville is writing about. The book also includes as illustrations many of the pictures she drew. In the meantime, the way in which the lives of Tamzin and Perry unfold in Europe is another story.
As with Funnily Enough, this was a book I really hadn't expected to be engaged by - but I was. Thoroughly recommended.
Her adventures are vividly described in a way that reduces hair raising events to manageable reading but. In addition there is woven into the tale a description of what can cnly be descibed as missionary activity, not necessarily as part of a recognised church based society, but what a single committed Christian Believer can find to do in tne course of life, reacting to a perceived need wherever she finds herself in the world.
Several BBC natural history series enjoyed by many are the direct result of her described experiences and planning activity carried out by her on the Corporation's behalf during this time.
Any person wanting to know how to use their life for the benefit of others would do well to read the book. I recomend this title without reservation to any person looking for a reason for living. - JAGathercole.
I enjoyed the freedom and adventure that Sophie describes. Wish I could be young again and have such fun, except for the broken bones!
So a good read and must now read another of Sophie's books.
The book is made up of of a series of letters that segue into a very readable picture of life in the area once known as the Transvaal, the reader tends to forget that they are reading a series of letters written and received over a period of ten years, the life in the `Bundu` although exciting, can be both mundane and dangerous.
The letters are mostly from her two married sisters Perry and Tamzin, the former married to a career Army Officer, the latter to a Farmer, or rather a man who became a farmer, there are also the odd letters from other family members and friends.
Sophie went to the RSA, still in 1990/91 in the uncomfortable grip of apartheid after a shattering encounter with the illness known as ME, this destroys almost the will to live as well as sapping self esteem and confidence, but it made Sophie evaluate where her life was going, for someone who had just recovered from this ordeal it must have been a huge and very brave decision backed by Sophie`s new found Christian awareness to decide to upsticks and go and live in Africa, a continent close to her heart.
Her adventures and life in Northern Transvaal are also beautifully illustrated by paintings, sketches, cartoons and incredibly detailed maps, Sophie Neville has sold many paintings and has had exhibitions of her work,her love of horses and other animals shines through the images of wild life, are exremely detailed.
A broken Pelvis the result of a riding accident meant that Sophie had more time to devote for a while to her art, among of course dealing with other peoples problems and receiving visits from her wonderful `madcap` family, I hope Sophie won`t mind me calling them that.
This book is very readable and if read on a tablet, Kindle fire the colours of the illustrations are very vivid.
Whilst writing this review the thought crossed my mind that the wonderful maps like those of the 15th/16th centuries should have on the extreme edges the words `Here be Dragons` or in Sophies case `Here be Crocodiles` all in all a extremely readable book end to end or even just to dip into.