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Duckworth Overlook, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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Inspired by the legendary crossing of the legendary explorers who first crossed the African heartland, Fran Sandham left the daily grind of London to undertake an extraordinary adventure. Traversa is the fascinating account of the hardships and hilarity that he experienced during his epic solo journey. Sandham traveled on foot across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast on the southwest tip of the African continent

through Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania, until he reached the Indian Ocean.

Sandham describes his brushes with lions and snakes, land mines and bandits, his two-month battle with a syphilitic donkey, malaria, cockroaches the size of mice, and the other everyday troubles that arise when walking across Africa. Underpinned with the stories of his forerunnersDavid Livingstone, Sir H. M. Stanley, and Sir Francis

Galton, among othersTraversa is the enthralling account of a real-life modern-day adventure against the elements.

Chosen as a New York Times Book Review Summer Reading Pick

"Sandham's self-deprecation and affectionate attitude toward the people he encounters lift this book high above the vast pile of African-adventure travelogues." The New York Times Book Review

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