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Speak Swahili, Dammit!

Penhaligon, James

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ISBN 10: 0956890210 / ISBN 13: 9780956890214
Published by Trevelyan Publishers Ltd, 2011
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3rd edition edition. 387 pages. 8.46x5.31x0.79 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0956890210

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Title: Speak Swahili, Dammit!

Publisher: Trevelyan Publishers Ltd

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Brand New

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This captivating book deals with the humour and tragedy of the author as a young boy growing up in what was then colonial Tanganyika.
It is a must-read for anyone interested in Africa before the Winds of Change swept across the continent to alter the lives of so many lucky enough to experience those times. Like many who were born and lived in Africa, the author's life was not the easy one people think colonial expatriates enjoyed, and he relates so vividly his own tragic experiences with hardship, danger and death. Many perils abounded from wild animals, venomous snakes and deadly tropical illnesses. Notwithstanding the ever-present black shadow of death and danger, was the natural instinct of kids to have fun, and the escapades and pleasure the author and his contemporaries created for themselves is related by Penhaligon with rib-aching humour.
'Do not read this on the train because, if you are like me, you will laugh out loud and other people will think you are a bit strange. Like all the other reviewers, I really enjoyed it. I have never been to Tanzania but the author really brings it to life, as it was in the 50s and 60s. Highly recommended!'

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James Penhaligon is a multi-lingual consultant psychiatrist in the United Kingdom. Born to Cornish parents, and raised deep in the bush in Tanganyika, later to emerge as Tanzania, he remains a fluent Swahili speaker, and has never been able to escape his early influences, or the gaze it gave him on life and the world. Despite having left Africa, and carving himself a successful career in medicine, and later psychiatry, James has always had a fascinating East African story waiting to be told, and, finally, he has written it. The result is "Speak Swhahil, Dammit !"

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