Will Randall travels with a purpose, as well as an outrageous sense of fortune.
In INDIAN SUMMER he found himself, by chance, having the extraordinary experience of helping slum schoolchildren put on a play to help save their school.
In Botswana he was taken up by a headmaster to teach a class of six year olds at The River of Life school.
They are football crazy and one of Will's jobs is to take them to play neighbouring (sometimes as much as 100 miles away) schools.
Camping en-route or staying in farms and rural villages, often travelling by foot or dug-out punts, thousands of antelope, elephant, buffalo and zebra follow their progress.
The sound of lions, leopards and hyenas become the soundtrack of their dreams.
Against all the odds they find themselves preparing for the Grand Final of the season - the titanic clash with arch rivals, Victoria Falls Primary school.
Both an endearing personal story and a travel book about a little-known but highly successful country, BOTSWANA TIME will win new fans for both Will Randall and the extraordinary country of Botswana.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, Illustrations,
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/04/2006
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780349117782
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Review by tronella
It's a kind of travelogue, I guess, about Mr Randall who is in Cape Town for a wedding, decides to stay to help out another guy who runs bus tours by taking the place of his currently-ill translator/cook, then ends up as a primary school teacher in Kasane, Botswana. While the things that happened to him were pretty entertaining, and the bits of history he gave were interesting, I was somehow not really sucked in to this one. Oh well. (Also, the constant "LOL THOSE LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY BOOKS ARE SET NEAR HERE" comments he makes to people all through it are slightly irritating.)