Troubador Marmite, Bites and Noisy Nights (in Zambia)

Released: 28/09/2014

ISBN: 9781783063307

Format: Paperback

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Marmite, Bites and Noisy Nights (in Zambia)

Brian's World


Marmite, Bites and Noisy Nights (in Zambia) is another day-by-day account of an expedition made by Brian and his wife, Sandra, this time around the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi national parks in, unsurprisingly, Zambia. However, it is also an example of how the travel-book genre can be harnessed for the purpose of humour, and of how Brian tends to regard his travels as an opportunity not only to study the wonders of the natural world but also to vent his opinions, whether these are on what he observes around him or on anything else that comes to mind. This book describes the wildlife that Brian encounters, together with the people and the perils he encounters, but it also catalogues a number of his valuable ‘insights’. There are expositions on the de-evolution of mankind, the likely demise of mankind as a result of the resilience of pathogenic biological agents, the advantages of setting up a new, online religion, and the desirability of the rapid evolution of both universal knee joints and inflatable boobs. This is the final book in David’s seven-part series that details Brian and Sandra’s travels to Assam, Syria, Borneo, Cape Verde, Namibia/Botswana, Morocco and Zambia. But it is unlikely to be his last!

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3 out of 5 stars

This book brought many memories back of our holiday in Zambia., particularly in South Luangwa. Lovely memories listening to the hippos at night and the baboons going through camp, even eating around the dining tables in the evening.. Brian and Sandra give an account of their experiences travelling round on Safari, mosquito netting, early morning starts, the wonderful animals.. This is the 7th in a series of books by David Fletcher. I will really consider buying this for my inlaws- who lived in Zambia for a number of years.

by Kim Feasey

 David Fletcher

Securing a degree in chemistry, well before the days of modular exams, was a very good start for David, and his using this degree to embark on a lifetime career in accountancy seemed, at the time, like the best next step to take. And in a way it was. Becoming a partner in one of the world's 'Big Four' firms of accountants proved to be surprisingly interesting and constantly challenging.

However, over the years, a belief became fixed in David's mind that he hadn't been put on this Earth just to provide opinions on financial statements but also to provide opinions on human nature. Not pompously or even vehemently - but in the only way he knew how: through humour.

So he started to write - and in this writing to focus particularly on what the nature of human nature was doing to the nature of the natural world - first through some 'sci-fi humour' and latterly through some 'travelogue humour'.

He doesn't claim to be some sort of jokey Cassandra - as he is only too aware that both his thinking and his writing is riddled with serious self-doubt. So he is quite relaxed about whether his opinions get through to his readers - or not - just as long as in the process of reading his books they all have a jolly good laugh. Because, with what he and the rest of his species are visiting on this planet, one thing he doesn't have any doubt about whatsoever is that sooner rather than later, we will all need to develop our ability to have a jolly good laugh indeed - even if it is of the somewhat hollow variety...

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