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by Robyn Scott

A glorious new voice on Africa, Robyn Scott's adventures growing up in Botswana in a loving but eccentric family will be one of the season's most talked-about memoirs.
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ISBN: 0143143069
ISBN13: 978-0143143062
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Memoirs
Author: Robyn Scott
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (April 10, 2008)
ePUB size: 1751 kb
FB2 size: 1651 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 677
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I too lived outside the borders of South Africa for a short while. This book brought long forgotten memories rolling back with a vividness I wouldn't have thought possible.

The author's experiences dislodged and tickled special moments and aspects of my family and life, but of far greater value are the beautiful life lessons woven into the story.

Valuable gems to pass on, like reminding one to encourage and embrace the uniqueness in yourself and your children and the tremendous satisfaction of working for and towards something.

Suffice to say, I am so grateful to my husband's cousin who recommended this book. It will forever be a delight and one on my 'best evers' list. I have ordered it for my children to give them a glimpse of the magic beyond our borders as well as that which lies within them.
Oh, my goodness...I can't say how very, very much I have loved reading this book.
Told from a child's perspective, but written by the adult that child grew up to be, so there's nothing childish or cloying about the telling of the story.
Three kids hauled off to Botswana by two very eccentric live in a dung filled, 2-room shed (after they'd cleaned it out, of course!) across the 'road' from their even MORE eccentric and utterly outrageous paternal grandfather.
I read it during the first few days of a family vacation and was probably pretty boring company as I had my nose in this book every spare moment.
I so enjoyed the wonderful stories of growing up in a special place with some extraordinary people... I got a feeling of what that was really like mixed with the adventures and some real life struggles. A family that holds together with super glue... And keeps their chins up...
Liked the closeness of the family Had difficulty truly liking any member The beauty of the country is pictured the aids epidemic was well presented but too graphic & too long it is a book club choice otherwise I would not have purchased & read sorry author
I read Robyn Scott's book when it first appeared in hardback and have since recommended it and given it as a gift to many. I still think about her energetic, idealistic, idiosyncratic parents and siblings and the marvelous freedom they had to follow their dreams in Botswana. Scott not only draws unforgettable characters, she also portrays the beauty and promise of one of the true democracies of Africa with great affection, humor, and insight. Her memoir has both the advantage of looking back with vivid memories from a relatively young age, and the maturity to appeal to all age readers. I think this is a magical read and plan to reread it.
By the way, there is a new mystery series set in Botswana by Michael Stanley (two books so far) that are great fun and also have a wonderful sense of place.
White gold
This is a great book. Growing up in Botswana and southern Africa would be unique enough for most children. But combine that with parents who not only love adventure but also the freedom of raising and home schooling their three children in their own unique way & you have the making of fascinating story. Fortunately we have in Robyn Scott a writer who is able to portray her unpredictable and varied life with the unadorned simplicity of a child & the perceptiveness of a crystal clear mind.

In many ways it reminds me of James Herriott's & Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. These books, like Robyn's, read like novels but are not (some might question whether Herriott's books are fact or fiction). It is filled with stories throughout that made me laugh out loud, that fascinated me, that completely entertained me. And it includes stories that poignantly presents some of the difficulties faced by the African people.

Reading this book is an enjoyable way of gaining a perspective on a piece of African culture while taking an adventure in the comfort of your own home
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I feel I have ridden their ride through Botswana with them. Beautifully written. I shall definitely read it again next year and probably the year after that too. I hope Robyn Scott has continued to write wonderful stories of her life, her family and her friends.
Great memoir narrative. Enjoyed learning so much about Botswana from the perspective of a non conventional family. Felt like a member if the family by the end of the story. I felt it was well developed and easy reading.