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Twenty Chickens For A Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is an account of a remarkable childhood in which dissecting a snake was the closest Robyn and her brother and sister came to a biology lesson, and children from cattle posts were their only classmates.

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When Robyn Scott was six years old her parents abruptly exchanged the tranquil pastures of New Zealand for a converted cowshed in the wilds of Botswana. Once there, Robyn and her siblings, mostly left to amuse themselves, grew up collecting snakes, canoeing with crocodiles and breaking in horses in the veld. In the shadow of one of Africa's worst AIDS crises, this moving, enchanting memoir is an extraordinary portrait of an unforgettable childhood.

Funny and unsentimental, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is an account of a remarkable childhood in which dissecting a snake was the closest Robyn and her brother and sister came to a biology lesson, and children from the cattle posts were their only classmates. It also offers a unique portrait of modern Botswana, one of Africa's rare democratic success stories, against the backdrop of one of the continent's worst AIDS crises. The book remains throughout an uplifting, engaging and deeply affectionate portrayal of an extraordinary place and family.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in 1981, Robyn Scott spent her childhood in Botswana before beginning her formal education at the age of fourteen in Zimbabwe. Moving to New Zealand for her undergraduate degree, she studied bioinformatics at the University of Auckland. In 2004, she was awarded a Gates Scholarship to Cambridge University, where she took an MPhil in bioscience enterprise and studied the pricing of medicines in developing countries. Robyn lives in London, but visits and works regularly in southern Africa.

ISBN9780747596561
Book Title

Twenty Chickens For A Saddle

Publisher

Bloomsbury

Imprint

Bloomsbury

Genre

Biography & Memoir

Format

Paperback

Dimensions

200mm x 130mm x 27mm

Date Published

July 2009

Pages

307

Weight0.310 kg