Heeding the siren call of Africa

2007-12-27 00:00

Dark Continent My Black Arse, Sihle Khumalo’s account of travelling from Cape Town to Cairo, has become a bestseller. Author and traveller Paul Theroux, who recorded his own cross-continental journey in Dark Star Safari, declares it “very likeable and engaging” but Khumalo’s title alone is enough to make you pick it up.

“My fiancée read the manuscript and didn’t have a problem, but other people read the book and phoned her. It wasn’t an issue that I wanted to sleep with other women, but that I put it in the book was seen as a sign of disrespect to her. They read the book and only saw that, not the other countries.”

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