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The long-awaited sequel to Susie Kelly's US Amazon Top 40 ranking memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry More than 40 years after leaving Kenya, Susie unexpectedly finds herself returning for a safari organised by an old friend. With her husband Terry, Susie sets off for a holiday touring the game reserves, but what she finds far exceeds her expectations. In this, her sevenThe long-awaited sequel to Susie Kelly's US Amazon Top 40 ranking memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry More than 40 years after leaving Kenya, Susie unexpectedly finds herself returning for a safari organised by an old friend. With her husband Terry, Susie sets off for a holiday touring the game reserves, but what she finds far exceeds her expectations. In this, her seventh, travelogue, she takes readers from five star hotels to luxury tents in the wilderness, and to poverty in Nairobi's slums, describing a journey of joy, excitement, discovery, nostalgia, of new friendships and encounters of the very close kind with Kenya’s majestic wildlife. Forgotten memories come flooding back as she revisits the scenes of her childhood and adolescence, so movingly portrayed in her popular memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry, many of them changed beyond recognition. Written in her characteristic laid back style, this is a travel tale that will appeal to all those readers who have enjoyed Susie's previous books, as well as anybody who has lived in or dreams of visiting Kenya, the magical land Susie still thinks of as ‘home’. 'Vivid, moving, entertaining. Anybody thinking of taking a safari holiday in Kenya, or who would like to take an armchair safari to Kenya, should read this book.' "Hemingway wrote: 'I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.' That is how I feel about Kenya. You feel at once insignificant and amazing, just for being here. This magnificent, beautiful country, birthplace of mankind, owner of my heart." Susie Kelly, 2017 WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: 'I’ve just been on a wonderful safari trip to Kenya! At least that’s how it felt. As a lover of all wildlife this was a trip that I could only ever dream about, but this book more than satisfied my curiosity and thirst for knowledge about African wildlife.' MRS BLOGGS BOOKS 'A wonderful & poignant African safari. Being an animal fanatic I enjoyed learning so much about African wildlife from this book and also the incredible people who care for, and protect it' SUSAN KEEFE 'Susie is a great ambassador for Kenya. It’s the best safari experience you are likely to get, without going on safari!' FRENCH VILLAGE DIARIES 'I consider myself rather knowledgeable about wildlife, yet I still found plenty here that was new to me about the animals and the Masai Mara in particular.' ANDREW IVES 'Susie Kelly's books are always a delight to read. The descriptions were informative, insightful and at times hilarious.' 'Wonderful read. I have avidly read each of Susie's previously published books.' 'One of my best reads ever. Cannot recommend this book enough - beautifully written (as always) and having lived in Kenya myself during the same period empathise totally with every word she writes.' 'Personal, Funny, Informative and Memorable! It's so very well-written, so easy to read, so funny and entertaining, so informative and educational.' 'I'm a big fan of Susie Kelly and her travels. Susie - where you going next? I'll be in my armchair right there with you!' 'What a fabulous trip. Delightful.' 'Thoroughly enjoyable as well as being informative. Certainly made me look forward to such a journey some day!' 'Susie Kelly has a wonderful way with words and descriptions and a fantastic sense of humour.' 'More than your average safari. I pre-ordered the book, received it on 6th June and read it the same day...phone off the hook and cup of tea at hand....

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  • Caryl Williams
    2018-10-13 19:57

    I've just been on a wonderful safari trip to Kenya! At least that's how it felt. I haven't of course, I've only read about it in Safari Ants, Baggy Pants and Elephants but it did feel as though I were really taking part in this dream holiday in Africa.Susie Kelly has a wonderful way with words and descriptions and a fantastic sense of humour so I knew that this new book of hers would be a good read. I've been a huge fan of her books for years. Usually her books are about travelling around France, or her life in France, but this one is the second book in her Kenya series. The first one was about her childhood in Kenya I Wish I Could Say I'm Sorry. This book is about her return to her beloved land via an old childhood friend of hers, the awesome Vivien who now runs Safari Tours called As You Like it (Safaris) Ltd. Incidentally Vivien sounds like such a fascinating character that she surely deserves to have a book written about her at the very least - except don't ever play Scrabble with her!Vivien invites Susie and her husband Terry on the Safari trip that covered seventeen days, including stays in five of Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserves and two of its most exclusive clubs.Susie discovers early in the journey to Kenya that she's forgotten to pack a bra or makeup which leads to some embarrassment later on as described throughout parts of the book. There are also some tricky too-large trouser moments (hence the Baggy Pants in the title) that made me snort with laughter. For me though, what made this book very special indeed were the wonderful descriptions of all the African wildlife on and around the wildlife reserves as observed by Susie and from knowledge gained from the various expert guides who escorted them throughout the trip. The guides are all dedicated conservationists, committed to the welfare of all wildlifeAs a lover of all wildlife this was a trip that I could only ever dream about, but this book more than satisfied my curiosity and thirst for knowledge about African wildlife.Book quote "There were zebra and topi among them, but the vast bulk was a sea of murmuring wildebeeste. They formed small groups, clusters that broke apart and merged with others like a flock of birds, and sometimes lines of two abreast, heads nodding as they plodded purposefully following pathways worn in the grass, swirling around in all directions as if they didn’t know whether they were coming or going"At some point I'm going to have to read this book all over again and go on safari to Kenya once more.At the back of the book are links to a Facebook page and an online album of the photos taken by Susie and her husband. https://www.facebook.com/SafariAnts

  • Laurie
    2018-09-24 22:22

    What a treat traveling back to Kenya with Susie Kelly on SafariIf you love reading books on Africa, you will love Safari Ants, Baggy Pants and Elephants! The author heads back to East Africa, this time on safari, and gives you great armchair visuals. The people, animals and scenery are wonderfully described. The author's heart lies in Kenya and her writing's make me yearn to visit even more. I highly recommend!

  • Susan Keefe
    2018-10-06 19:05

    Is it a good idea to revisit your childhood? For Susie Kelly it definitely was as you will discover in this fantastic book. I first became a fan of Susie back in the UK when I read of her move to France, and her adventures and exploits since. In 2014 she released I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry, a poignant memoir, which included her wonderful childhood in Africa, and this is its long awaited sequel. In this book we join Susie, and her husband Terry, as they take up an invitation from her old friend Vivien, owner of As You Like It Safaris, to go on a safari, and enjoy the experience through her beautifully descriptive writing and wonderful photographs.And so, leaving her animals in France, under careful supervision, in August 2015, Susie and her husband Terry set off for an African safari. More than 40 years after leaving Africa, many things have changed, including Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya, which through her eyes as the plane landed now resembles a space station.Immediately feeling like she has come home, Susie straight away treats the reader to the full African experience, as she vividly describes the sights, sounds, and if possible the smells of this amazing continent.After meeting other safari members, and a well-deserved sleep in the Nairobi Serena hotel, Susie, Terry and their group start their safari by making their way to the Amboseli National Park 140 miles south of Nairobi, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. I cannot begin to describe how much Susie’s writing and reminiscing brings this book to life. Not only is the reader treated to stunningly vivid descriptions of the animals and scenery, but also the native tribes and the people who are guiding them. At this point I have to say that Susie has taken some amazing photographs throughout the safari adventure and they complement this book beautifully. The safari group stayed at some wonderful and famous places, from the Mount Kenya Safari Club, with its touch of celebrity lifestyle, to camping in tents for an ‘Out of Africa’ experience in the Masai Mara. However, these were no ordinary tents, in fact it is only their canvas walls which gives them their name. These were beautifully furnished, double lined, insect proof rooms, on raised platforms with double and four poster beds, and they were situated on the bank of the Olare Orok river, so Susie and Terry could sit on the veranda and watch the hippos in the water.Being an animal fanatic I enjoyed learning so much about African wildlife from this book and also the incredible people who care for, and protect itAfter a childhood spent on this vast continent, time spent in England, and 20 years in France, Susie has used her own unique style of writing to bring together her African safari, and past alive, and has generously shared it with her readers.Whether you are looking for a book about Africa, love wildlife, or are addicted to memoirs, I guarantee that you will not be able to put this one down!

  • Jacqueline
    2018-10-20 20:56

    This is the latest travel memoir from Susie and once again I was captivated from chapter one. For me, being back in a Susie Kelly book is comforting as well as entertaining and this one didn’t disappoint. If I had to describe this book in just one word, it would be thoughtful. Susie, who grew up in Kenya, returns with her husband Terry for the safari opportunity of a lifetime. She thoughtfully shares her Kenya with us; the sights and colours, the sounds and scents, as well as the fabulous meals they indulge in. While any good writer could bring a safari trip to life, Susie, who has over 50 years of love for the country, is able to add an extra dimension on top of her wide-eyed wonder and obvious joy at all they experienced. In this memoir she compares and contrasts the Kenya of her youth with what she finds today and adds her thoughts and experience when talking about the lives of the white settlers who brought such change to Kenyan life.From Five-Star luxury, to slum schools, to elephant orphanages, every experience is described with honesty, sympathy and not forgetting Susie’s unique sense of humour. Her love for the people, the place and the life she led there came across and as her trip came to an end I could feel her ‘drinking’ Kenya; consuming as much of everything as she could to keep it within her.Susie is a great ambassador for Kenya and through her I felt I had ‘seen’ a little slice of the real Kenya. While I’m unlikely to ever be able to follow in her footsteps, I’m sure for many readers, having read this book they will visit. For the rest of us, it’s the best safari experience you are likely to get, without going on safari!

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2018-09-30 23:59

    Great information for travellers in a humorous informative travel storySusie Kelly tells the story of her travels to Kenya, the land where she grew up, in a really funny way and at the same time gives lots of information for would-be travellers to Kenya.Susie’s longest standing friend Vivienne, owner of As You Like It Safaris in Kenya, invited Susie and Terry on a safari and was not going to take no for an answer. The itinerary included visiting five of Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserves and two of its most exclusive clubs.The book starts with personal history of Susie’s which sets the scene for her knowledge of Kenya and gives an insight into her life. This aspect made me want to read Susie’s other books as well. Susie left all her bras in France where she lived and used a lot of reading space discussing how impossible it was for her to buy a bra once in Kenya. It is funny, but I found that a bit distracting as I did not want to know about her travels without a bra. However, I found Susie’s writing warm, generous and informative. She compared her previous experiences with Kenya as it is currently, which I found extremely interesting. She highlighted the level of poverty with the luxury foreign travellers’ experience. It is difficult for all of us to face the injustice of levels of economic security but Susie made it a reality in a very sensitive humanitarian way. It left me feeling that the world could do more to alleviate poverty.This is an excellent way to write about travel for knowledge as well as enjoyment for the reader, except for the bra.BonnieKBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  • Barbara Chandler
    2018-10-13 18:57

    Enjoyable readI very much enjoyed this book though I thought I would never get to the end! I learned so much about Kenya and it’s people and wildlife. I would love to go there. I read this on my Kindle so spent much time hard pressing to get information and pictures of the things the author wrote about, that added to the length of the book.I work with people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia, what I learned from this book I will be sharing with them, hooking my tablet up to the TV and showing them the many animals and landmarks from the book. Thank you so much author for your rich writing, I now have a lovely presentation to share many times over.

  • Andrew Ives
    2018-09-27 21:26

    I have read most of Susie's books and enjoyed them all. I consider myself rather knowledgeable about wildlife, yet I still found plenty here that was new to me about the animals and the Masai Mara in particular. The way Susie writes is uncommonly accessible and draws you in as if you were being told about the safari and exploits of a good friend, and the juxtaposition between this visit and Susie's youth in Kenya is skilfully done. As the pages turn, the reader finds they have come to know the various guides and characters, appreciating the good they do in this world in far-off lands. I found the ending particularly moving too. A very worthwhile read. 4.5 out of 5*

  • Louise
    2018-09-23 02:24

    Almost like being in Kenya yourselfI wish I had read this before I went to Kenya. My Swahili would have been better and I would certainly have known more about the wildlife. We could not afford the posh luxury Kelly describes in this book, but even in our cut-rate trip in 2018, we experienced much of what Kelly describes in vivid detail. I too loved Kenya, even without her nostalgic memories.

  • Anthea Ramsay
    2018-10-13 23:08

    Having thoroughly enjoyed all Susie Kelly's books, and as I was born in Kenya, I couldn't wait to read her latest book - it certainly did not disappoint!Susie's humour and love of Africa is evident on every page, as she so accurately and vividly describes the awesome landscape, the animals, birds, colours and sounds of this wonderful country. An enjoyable entertaining and informative read, not to be missed!

  • Beverly Agee
    2018-10-06 01:20

    Excellent account of an English lady's safari in Kenya, a land she had land in which she had lived in as a child and young adult and would always remember and love. Her adventures on the safari and her nostalgia for Kenya and it's native people are recounted vividly. It's easy for the reader to share her awe, affection and memories of this beautiful country.

  • Sue
    2018-10-15 21:21

    Reliving the DreamWhen I started reading this book so much of it sounded familiar. Then I realized I was reliving my safari to Kenya. There were so many of the same things I remember. And every animal they saw I saw too. Great read if you've ever been to Kenya or plan on going

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-24 03:13

    Not great but a good book. Easy read. Author goes out on a tangent sometimes but worth the time spent reading it. Bought the book because I am planning a trip to Kenya and gave me some insights into a country I know so little about.

  • Don Anderson
    2018-10-04 23:18

    SpecialSusie's books are special. They have transported me to places that I'll never get to visit. They have also expanded my knowledge of the wonderful world in which we live. Highly recommended!

  • vdubrock
    2018-10-03 21:03

    A love for KenyaThe author really loves the people of Kenya and the scenery. Having lived there in her youth gave her a foundation for the book. She compares then and now effectively to the reader. It was a bit wordy but I did enjoy this book.