Book: A year in the wild - James Hendry

By admin
02 December 2011

Rating: 5/5

Angus and Hugh MacNaughton’s long-suffering parents are at their wits end – how can their sons hate each other so much? So they hatch a plan and get them jobs

at a luxury game lodge in the hope that working together might foster some kind of brotherly bond.

What follows is the hilarious, often cringeworthy, and sometimes sad tales of Angus and Hugh told in the form of e-mails to their sister, Julia, back home.

Their antics include encounters with guests (many of whom are down-right awful), animals (their descriptions of some of the wildlife scenes I found very touching) and of course the rest of the staff, which includes some rollicking sexploits.

Author James Hendry, who’s spent 10 years working as a ranger, lodge manager and entertainer in South Africa, has written a gem.

I laughed, cried and basically didn’t want the book to end. The humour especially reminded me of the Spud books (written by another South African, John van de Ruit). Local is indeed lekker!

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