Reading List

As part of my reach I am doing a lot of reading, researching travel and overlanding in Africa, women travelling on their own and as I have also been reading some books on politics and economics.  Most of these books will not appear on your usual book list and as such I thought I would share these books with you and create a virtual bookshelf.

There is also a lot of research I've done on the internet and while I've bookmarked some of these, I may in future add these to the bottom of the books list as a matter of record and reference.

The books are available on Amazon and buying them from here awards me a (very) small reward which helps me buy more books to research and share these, thanks.

* ratings are my personal ratings for the books and out of 5.  

# denotes a book I have been given or bought but not yet read as such the personal summary is not yet written.

ELEPHANT DAWN

This is a MUST READ book, an incredible story of a woman who spent 13 years with elephants in Zimbabwe. It is a roller coaster ride of delight and despair.

 

*****

SISTER OF SINAI

This was a book I happened upon in a book swop when I was previously travelling. I loved it from beginning to end. In the late 1800's two Scottish sisters who set out on several journeys by themselves into Jordan often travelling by camel. An inspirational look at two fiesty women who made a significant find.

*****

SOMEBODY'S HEART IS BURNING


There are many volunteer programmes in Africa and this books gives some insight into life of a woman wonderer when she was not volunteering.

**** 

RED TAPE & WHITE KNUCKLES

An interesting story of a woman who travelled from North Africa through the Sahara down to Cape Town in South Africa and all on a motor bike.

 

****

TORN TROUSERS

This was one of the first books I read and it was an interesting insight into two people who left the successful commercial world to take up running a lodge on an island in the Okovango Delta in Botswana.  Humourous and interesting.

****

DRIVING DARK AFRICA

A book written about a retired couple who decided to drive their Toyota 4x4 from UK to Cape Town.  My one observation is the amazing success they had despite their lack of preparation in some aspects.  An amusing and interesting read.

****

A WOMAN OF AFRICA

While working in Cameroon the writer made the acquaintance of the woman who is the subject of the book, a Nigerian woman who fled there with her family many years before.  An insight into the complex and heartbreaking life of an African woman. 

*****

 THE LIFE OF ISABELLE EBERHARD

I was drawn to this book about a woman of Russian origins with an exceptional upbringing, intellect and psychology who ventured into Africa and the changes she underwent.  Truly a unique woman regardless of the time.

 

****

 DESERT SNOW

One woman, one bicycle, 1000 beers ~ travelling Africa.  I'm not sure that I could have done it on a bicycle, ever!  Interesting look at the kindness of the local people and the changing landscapes.

****

 

 

FOR THE LOVE OF AFRICA #

The story of a couple who overlanded in Africa.

 

AFRICA TREK #

Travelling through Africa with the people.

 
     

 


The following books are related to my research about politics and economics in my search for an African solution that works.

 

WHY NATIONS FAIL

This book is a must read for everyone.  It is alarming, enlightening and informative.  If you have even a remote interest into how history determines the success of some economies and the failures of others this is the book to read.

*****

EMERGING AFRICA #

How the Global Economy's 'Last Frontier' Can Prosper and Matter.

 

 

POST CAPITALISM #

A guide to our future.

 

 

 

 

 

About Dot

Dot is Zimbabwean born and raised and after having lived in Europe for 20 years she decided to return home but uniquely she decided to drive  through Africa to get there.

She achieved her dream by driving 20,000kms through 18 West African countries over 8.5 months on her own for most of the journey.  Her book of the same title will soon be launched,and you can find out more about Dot or subscribe to the Blog for more.

 

THE BOOK

If you're wondering how a 60 year old woman managed to traverse West and Central Africa in a 20 year old 2WD van on her own  ... how she managed the loss of her clutch in Nigeria, her views of passing the Sahara desert, camping at dubious hotels, managing the many, many checkpoints and never paying a single bribe ...  you can now read all about it ... https://goinghometoafrica.com/index.php/the-book

 

Kusasa Scholarship Fund

Alongside my journey I've decided to raise funds for scholarships for girl's education in Zimbabwe, find out more about that here, to contribute to the Scholarship Fund please do so here.