Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 32mm | 322.05g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0747596565
  • 9780747596561
  • 58,757

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'The nearest thing you will get to Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals in Africa and it is just as enchanting' Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller 'Beautifully written and lovingly told, Scott's book has the makings to be Out of Africa meets Running with Scissors' New York Times Book Review 'A fabulous read, rollicking, good-humoured and intensely sane' Alexandra Fuller 'Scott does more than simply record her African adventures. She tackles the difficult issue of race, revealing a shift in white attitudes across the generations [and] remind[s] us that southern Africa has many different histories' Independentshow more

About Robyn Scott

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 more

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2,016 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 27% (554)
4 40% (813)
3 25% (497)
2 5% (109)
1 2% (43)

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I had anxiously been researching a book to pick for bookclub when I bumped into a friend who recommended 'Twenty Chickens for A Saddle'. Being from Namibia, I am always sceptical when recommended a book about 'growing up in Africa'. But I took the plunge and named it as our bookclub book (you definitely don't want to be the one to choose a lame book). Well, what a pleasant surprise. I absolutely love it! And as a result have madly being buying it to send to friends all over the world, 'African' or not. It is so beautifully written and funny! It just makes you smile. It's delightful and easy to read and what a relief to read a story about a childhood sans trauma. I highly recommend it for anyone from age 13 and more
by Bridget Sheehan
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