Night of the Lions – Kuki Gallmann

 Erenst Hemingway


If you’ve read ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ (or even just seen the film) there will be some sequences in this book of Kuki’s Kenyan recollections that will be familiar. There are some interesting new angles in this book too – rich fruits of a lifetime’s intimate love affair with Kenya and its rural and bush life. I read this during a month on safari travelling around Uganda’s national parks and it might be true that the Kenyan atmosphere in this book was brought alive in part by the periods of interruption when I stopped to listen to lions roaring outside the rooftop tent on my Land Rover.

I made a swap for this book at Lake Albert Lodge, on the shores of Lake Albert and read it as I travelled north through Murchison Falls and up to Kidepo, on the Sudan border. I left it as a travel offering at Upperhill Campsite in Nairobi. Hope it manages some more African mileage from there.

 

Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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