Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle : The Story of an African Childhood

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An exquisitely rendered portrait of an African childhood from an astonishing new talent
When Robyn Scott 's parents decide to uproot their young family from New Zealand and move to a converted cowshed in rural Botswana, life for six-year-old Robyn changed forever. In this wild and new landscape excitement can be found around every corner, and with each misadventure she and her family learn more about the quirks, charms, and challenges of living in one of Africa's most remarkable and beautiful countries as it stands on the brink of an epidemic. When AIDS rears its head, the Scotts witness the early appearances of a disease that will devastate this peaceful and prosperous country. Told with clear-eyed unsentimental affection, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is about a family's enthusiasm for each other and the world around them, with the essence of Africa infusing every page.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 127 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 014311509X
  • 9780143115090
  • 185,667

About Robyn Scott

Born in 1981, Robyn Scott began her formal education at the age of fourteen, when she started boarding school 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, focused on the pricing of medicines in developing countries. Robyn lives in London, but visits and works regularly in southern Africa.
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Review quote

"[A] beautiful and loving portrait."
- The Boston Globe
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