by Peter Hudson - £8.99 New Internationalist Publications Ltd (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781780261782 | ISBN 10: 1780261780
This is travel writing that goes beyond appearances and gives a sensitive account of what life is really like in the Sahel region of Africa. Hudson writes about the complexities of culture in Mauritania, and shows how economics and geopolitical forces profoundly affect the lives of individuals in a remote community.
The Sahel – the ‘shore’ of the Sahara – is where cultures, customs and climates meet, merge and clash. Through the numerous characters we meet and from the obviously deep and sympathetic nature of the relationship the author has with the local people, with whom he now runs agricultural projects, we learn of the realities of life in one of the harshest, most marginalized and but also quietly inspiring corners of the world. Searingly honest and refreshing, this is a superbly written piece of travel writing about a little-known part of the world. The author gets under the surface and gives a sensitive account of what life is like. He understands not just the culture and complex social dealings but also how economics and geo-political forces that can profoundly affect the lives of individuals in a remote community.
Illustrated with maps and line drawings, Under An African Sky is a unique journey – for the armchair traveller and those interested in development, climate change and global politics and economics.
Peter Hudson travels widely in West Africa and has written several books about his experiences there, including Leaf in the Wind, Travels in Mauritania and Two Rivers.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2014)