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Tick Bite Fever (2003)
by David Bennun
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Tick Bite Fever is the unconventional memoir of a very unconventional childhood. In the early Seventies, Dave Bennun's family transplanted themselves from Swindon to the wilds of Kenya. His father had lived in Africa before, but for Dave, Kenya was bemusingly new. It would be his home for the next 16 years, with things sometimes seeming a bit surreal. On the way home from school—closed early because a pair of lions were padding around the playground—Dave was mugged by baboons. Some Sunday afternoons saw Dave and his father being chased by a herd of elephants. Enchantingly funny, Tick Bite Fever is a tale of the fading innocence of childhood that is miles ahead of the competition.
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Africa has a rich history of heroes and trailblazers. David Bennun is neither. He belongs to the dark continent's less celebrated tradition of accidental adventures. Throughout his 1970s African childhood, and despite the best efforts of his long-suffering family, David manages to get himself in more trouble than one person has any right to survive. Here is the story of how a bemused and clumsy small boy discovered Africa. A day rarely passes when he doesn't run the risk of getting eaten, crushed, poisoned, drowned, trampled, shot or impaled. Even his dog, Achilles, seems to have a death wish. David Bennun's writing is evocative, touching and so funny that you will find it hard not to laugh out loud.
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