by Magsie Hamilton Little - £8.99 Max Press (2016)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781906251765 | ISBN 10: 1906251762
Three years ago Magsie Hamilton Little gave up her home and travelled to the Hoggar Mountains in central Saharan Africa to rethink her life. There, to everyone’s surprise – not least her own – she found herself buying and adopting a sick camel called Fleabag.
This is an account of her journey deep into nomadic culture as she sought to heal Fleabag with the help of her guide, Samir, and his father, Suleyman, a process that drew on ancient Tuareg herbal and plant medicines and which involved a two-week trek into the unsafe wilds of the Sahara desert. Their ultimate goal? The mysterious and holy marabout, and the promise of release from scars left from past trauma.
In a world where the international refugee crisis has unwittingly created global nomadism, The Sky is on Fire sheds light on the very real tragedies caused by poverty and war, and asks key questions about the deep cultural and religious rifts dividing East and West today.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2017)