Beautifully written and lovingly told, Scott’s book has the makings to be “Out of Africa” meets “Running With Scissors”

- Marcus Malbry, The New York Times

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... such a quietly bravura performance that it is difficult to believe this is Scott's first book.The sounds, sights, scents and textures of Botswana tumble from her pages with unhurried ease, conjuring an Enid Blyton-esque adventure of a childhood and the colourful, life-filled characters it embraced.

- Kate Colquhoun, The Daily Telegraph
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... while Scott does come in contact with some of Southern Africa’s tragedies... this book is much more an account of an unusual, entertaining upbringing than the more expected Africa story written by a white author that asks the question, How do I belong here? It’s the story of an African childhood, but it’s a story that former children anywhere can relate to.

- Audrey van Buskirk, The Portland Tribune
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"...a fabulous read, rollicking, good-humoured... a worthy successor to The Flame Trees of Thika".

- Alexandra Fuller, The Globe and Mail
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Happy stories are hard to tell, but Scott succeeds in this engaging recreation of a child's Botswana, apolitical and Eden-like. She has no sordid revelations, no shocking surprises—just a raconteur's talent for making any story she tells interesting.


- Publishers Weekly
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Fresh and enjoyable… Scott does more than simply record her African adventures. She tackles the difficult issue of race, revealing a shift in white attitudes across the generations… Scott’s great strength is to remind us that southern Africa has so many different stories.


- Susan Williams, The Independent
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:55
"... while Scott does come in contact with some of Southern Africa’s tragedies... this book is much more an account of an unusual, entertaining upbringing than the more expected Africa story written by a white author that asks the question, How do I belong here? It’s the story of an African childhood, but it’s a story that former children anywhere can relate to." - The Portland Tribune
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Willamette Week
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:59
"an enchanting book... eminently readable and deceptively ambitious..." Willamette Week
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The Sunday Times
Thursday, 16 April 2009 22:52
"Quirky idyllic tales of eccentric relatives and winsome innocence... There's a danger with any childhood memoir that those family legends recalled over every Christmas dinner can be soporific for anyone else. But this one is neither twee, nor unchallenging." - The Sunday Times
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The Boston Globe
Sunday, 13 April 2008 00:00
"[A] beautiful and loving portrait" - The Boston Globe
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Publishing News
Tuesday, 18 March 2008 00:00
"If I had just two words allowed for this title, they’d be “stock it”, but I’d go on to say that this is a real gem – an excellent hand-sell title.  Nobody could fail to love this story of an eccentric childhood, so movingly and joyously described by Scott." - Publishing News
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The Financial Times
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:46
"...a palpable tribute to the country where she enjoyed a remarkable childhood." - The Financial Times
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The Vancouver Sun
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:44
"unusual and captivating...Robyn Scott is also a wonderful writer, with the ability to retrieve essential details from her memory and hone them. Her memoir is a rich tapestry of her Botswana experiences and her eccentric but interesting family. What happened to them is truly a story worth telling." - The Vancouver Sun
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The New Zealand Herald
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:53
"Scott beautifully evokes the gentle country she fell in love with ... the magic continues." The New Zealand Herald
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Book Browse
Friday, 18 April 2008 00:00
How refreshing to read a memoir of a magical childhood where parents are loved and respected. Robyn Scott proves you do not have to come from a dysfunctional family to tell a great story. And this book is all about stories. Twenty-eight chapters of stories of three generations and the lives they have chosen to live in one of Africa's most beautiful countries.
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Kirkus Reviews
Monday, 18 February 2008 00:00
"A colorful, occasionally shocking fish-out-of-water memoir." Kirkus Reviews
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Curled up with a Good Book
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:56
"...an amazing story and a delightful read... touching, hilarious in parts, and captivating as it is so different than most American readers’ experience and/or conception of childhood. This memoir provides the reader with a breath of exotic fresh air." - Curled Up with a Good Book
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The Book Bag
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:57
"She achieves a rare balance in producing a book which is eminently readable and full of humour, whilst allowing the pain of individuals and of a country the focus it deserves... her wit survives even in the toughest of circumstances. A truly wonderful book." - The Book Bag
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Deseret News
Sunday, 19 April 2009 10:00
"... afunny, down-to-earth portrayal .... She writes beautifully, includes a remarkable number of anecdotes and causes the reader to love her family." - Dennis Lythogoe, Deseret News.
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The Citizen
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:52

"utterly engaging and well-crafted ... there is a poignancy that weaves through the triumphs and heartbreaks that is very moving." - Kate Dennill, The Citizen, Johannesburg

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The Witness
Sunday, 19 April 2009 09:48
"An autobiography such as this could easily have become cloying and self-indulgent but Scott is a funny and acutely observant writer and it is a credit to the skills of this first time author that she succeeds in interesting us in her family, giving them all their own peculiar identity and persuading us to come along for the ride." - Anthony Stidolph, The Witness.
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