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The author, James Clarke, works from Johannesburg and has published more than 30 books in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa. For most of his career he was a science writer specialising in environmental issues mainly in Africa.
He wrote the keynote book for the World Summit in 2002 - "Coming Back to Earth".
His books have been about natural history, environment and cultural history but over the last few years he has made a name as a writer of humorous books - mostly autobiographical.
He lives in Johannesburg from where he writes a thrice weekly humour column in The Star which is syndicated by Independent Newspapers.
He has been described as "South Africa's Best Humour Columnist" (SA's Comedy
Awards) and "South Africa's funniest columnist" (Financial Mail).
on Aug. 08, 2014 :
A great story of childhood and growing up in the second world war in the West Midlands. The book is beautifully illustrated with drawings reminiscent of Ronald Searle. The tale of James Clarke's intrepid scout troop, the Yellow Six, is a tribute to the role of the Boy Scouts in keeping boys gainfully occupied and doing their bit during one of the darkest times of the twentieth century.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)