This book brings to life the pioneering spirit of our fore-fathers, something that is easily forgotten in these days when we take so many of our comforts for granted. Dr Jewell's diaries of his life in the Seychelles, his time during WWI in East Africa and subsequent experiences as a Doctor in Kenya provide us with an honest account, no frills and no pretensions, of what life was like in those days. For me, personally, it was interesting to see the parallels between colonial life in East Africa and South America. It illustrates so clearly what hardships our grandparents encountered as they made their way in life during those times, all borne with stoicism and quietly accepted, getting on with the job in hand and making the most of the resources to hand. It is a very entertaining and easy read, but there are copious footnotes to explain the context and historical issues for those who are looking for more depth or to carry out more research on the various fascinating subjects which Dr Jewell mentions. It is truly a fascinating insight and one has to admire the courage and strength of this man, to say nothing of his inspiring wife, Sydney Auchinleck. Well done to the family for putting together such a fitting tribute to their grandparents and thank you for a great read.