REVIEW by Chris Moss

NWR Issue 107

Under An African Sky: A Journey to the Frontline of Climate Change

by Peter Hudson

The rules are changing in the world of travel writing. The narrative of unmitigated wanderlust and amateurish observation that has dominated the genre for more than a century is now a much reduced affair – only the likes of Michael Palin and Bill Bryson can wring any money out of it, propped up as they are by years in the game and by TV vehicles and blanket exposure in the dailies. More fundamentally, people in the West travel a hell of a lot these days and many have been to what were once viewed as exotic and daring destinations before they are even out of their twenties. Gap-year tourists are more likely to want to publish a blog than read some old-timer’s account of Thailand, Tanzania, Timbuktu.

In Under an African Sky, Peter Hudson attempts something new and rather different...

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