In the early years of the 21st century, when it seemed as if all exploring had been done long ago, Grant heard about the Malagarasi River in Africa that no one had ever gone down in a boat before or 'explored' it in the old-fashioned sense. So off he set. He was waylaid by thieves and whores, dodged bullets and crocodiles, hacked through swamps and contracted fever. His combination of lively storytelling and breathtaking recklessness will thrill the armchair traveller.
No-one travels like the renowned writer-adventurer Richard Grant and, really, no-one should. Having narrowly escaped death at the hands of Mexican drug barons in Bandit Roads, he now plunges with his trademark recklessness and curiosity into Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of a previously unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid by thieves, whores and a degenerate former golf pro in Zanzibar, then crosses the Indian Ocean in a cargo dhow before the real adventure begins on the Malagarasi river. Travelling by raft, dodging bullets, hippos, lions and crocodiles, hacking through swamps and succumbing to fevers, Grant's gripping, illuminating and often hilarious book will thrill his devoted readers and bring him to an even broader audience.