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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. 28, 2012 :
This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is funny, adventurous, enlightening and inspiring. Although its placement in the non-fiction section is questionable, I do concede that history is written by the victor.
Admiration: These guys just keep on plugging along come rain or fog, bloody knee or busted rib. I now long to be a retired old geezer and to invade another continent by bicycle.
I shall eagerly await both "Book II: Homecoming, A Victory Lap of Fairest Africa" and "Tour de Farce Researchers Present: A Supplement Guide to High Octane Cycling".
(reviewed within a month of purchase)