I’m pleased to say that I’ve finished my second book and am now back in the UK preparing for its launch. Apologies to those of you I’ve already emailed – I don’t wish to bombard you, but am trying to cover all bases.
The book is entitled Chasing Hornbills: Up to my neck in Africa and will be released on 28th September of this year. It will be available at all your favourite book sellers but if you want to support me and don’t mind paying full price, then preorder a signed copy by clicking here.
Once again, it’s about my life in West Africa and is mostly set in the past year. If I had to boil down the plot to one sentence I’d quote the Clash:
“Should I stay or should I go?”
You’ll have to read it to find out why, but needless to say there is plenty of voodoo craziness and culture clashes tempered by my deep love of the country and it’s people.
I’m proud to tell you that the book includes a foreword by the best selling travel author Chris Stewart. In fact, my first book was described in one review as an extreme “Driving over lemons,” Chris’s first book.
The Launch is on the 28th September at 6.30pm at Stanford’s bookshop Covent Garden, London. I hope to catch up with both old friends and new and I expect we can grab a drink or two afterwards.
Drop me a line if you’re interested and I’ll ensure I send you an invite. Places are limited to 80.
I’m now back in Europe…well, back in the UK… and will be mostly based around Oxfordshire, London and Brighton but may make some other trips including Manchester/Yorkshire/Edinburgh – would love to catch up with as many people as possible.
Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who maybe interested – the more the merrier.
Some praise for Squirting Milk at Chameleons
“This book comes the closest that I’ve read to an outsider understanding our culture.”
Kemo Conteh, Development and governance consultant, Banjul, The Gambia
“Simon shares his journey with us, he shares his courage, vulnerability, and his faith. His story is an example of what life is really about. This book is a great and easy read and is a must for anyone wanting to understand the mystical side of Africa through a Westerner’s eyes. Highly recommended!”
Doug Manuel – Creator of ‘Do You Speak Djembe?’
“In Squirting Milk at Chameleons, Simon Fenton invites you to share a seat in his sept-place taxi as it bounces through the steamy forests of the Casamance, navigating the myriad pleasures—and potholes—of his unexpected new life in the south of Senegal. It’s sure to get a bit hot, cramped, and sweaty, but it’s the best ride you’ll take all year!”
Sean Connolly – author the Bradt guide to Senegal
“Simon’s observations on the trials and tribulations of everyday life in West Africa are so true to how things work in this little visited part of the world. His charming and often funny stories always remind me of first moving to Africa and his positive take on all that Senegal can throw at him is a joy to read. I am sure his beautifully crafted tales will inspire others to break away from the crowd and strive to live a life that is full of adventure.”
Lawrence Williams, founder/manager of Makasutu, the Gambia
From various messages received:
I have just read your book which I devoured in 2 days – it must be a bit like a complicated roast dinner for you, you spend days choosing, preparing, chopping, sorting and cooking, only for the meal to be eaten in minutes. However the reason I read it so quickly was because I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. I laughed, I cried, I was amazed, I was astounded and most of all so delighted for you that you have your little piece of paradise with your new family in Senegal.
We travelled on the same coach from Chefchaouen to Fez in February and I just wanted to say that I bought your book and consumed it within 4 days! I’m due to have a baby tomorrow but wanted to tell you it’s such a great read – I found myself laughing out loud on frequent occasions and am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
Reading your story has elicited a concoction of preciously rare emotions for me. Actually here’s something else: it has inspired me to really ask myself what I want and how I go about getting it. Making sure that I am giving that to myself.
Just finished it!! Loved it. Hope he writes some more.