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Wild spirit : how a year in the African rainforest changed an Australian… (2009)

by Annette E. Henderson

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Synopsis: Bored and frustrated with her job as a secretary, Annette and her new husband Win decide to travel Africa for a year. When their money is stolen by thieves they are left in a state of stress as their supplies are low and they have no-one to contact for help. However, a friendly Australian sees the Australian signwriting on their car and after drinks and dinner he offers them jobs at a construction site. This is Annette's recount of her life working in Africa for a year as her life changes after new experiences of isolation on mountain that can only be accessed by water, love as she helps to care for an ill baby gorilla, and hope that her life will be more fulfilling after spending a year in Africa.
My Opinion: While I thought the story would focus more on Annette being with wildlife rather than of her job at the construction site, it was still a quick and captivating read that encourages others to also experience a more fulfilling life. ( )
  Moniica | Jan 25, 2011 |
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For Win, who dragged me kicking and screaming into a life of adventure and introduced me to the natural world
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At 2am a noise outside the Kombivan woke me.
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In June 1975, Australian couple Annette and Win Henderson find themselves stranded in Libreville, Gabon, after travelling halfway across Africa. When a thief robs their Kombivan, they are left penniless, with no way to go back and no way to go on. They are saved by a chance meeting with a local expat, who offers them work at a remote mining camp in the mountains, close to the Congo border, in a region never visited by tourists and accessible only by canoe.

At the camp, Annette battles isolation, culture shock and the challenges of a job for which she is ill-prepared. She finds solace and joy in the vast equatorial forest - a world as enthralling as any David Attenborough film - but when she becomes surrogate parent to an orphaned baby gorilla, Josie, her life changes forever.
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Africa. AU Author. In June 1975, Australian couple Annette and Win Henderson find themselves stranded in Libreville, Gabon, after travelling halfway across Africa. When a thief robs their Kombivan, they are left penniless - with no way to go back and no way to go on. They are saved by a chance meeting with a local expat, who offers them jobs in a remote mining camp in the mountains, close to the Congo border, in a region never visited by tourists, accessible only by canoe. At the camp, Annette battles isolation, culture shock and the challenges of a job for which she is ill-prepared. She finds solace and joy in the vast equatorial forest - a world as enthralling as any David Attenborough film - and when she adopts orphaned baby gorilla, Josie, her life changes forever. WILD SPIRIT is the intensely moving story of a young Australian woman suddenly immersed in a frontier world, coming face to face not only with the impact of the human population on endangered wildlife, but also with her own quest for meaning. Australian. Biographies & Autobiographies. Travel & Holiday.… (more)

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