Cape to Cairo
Author Stella Court Treatt FRGS
Publisher George Harrap and Co Ltd
Size 150x225mm (6x8.75in)
Compiling this page each month leads to me blowing the dust off books that I haven’t read for years. The reasons why vary considerably but this one really divides my opinion; my 21st century sensibilities find its casual and paternalistic racism uncomfortable reading. On the other hand, we can’t rewrite history and no one can deny that to drive the length of Africa in a pair of armyspec Crossley trucks in 1924 was an epic undertaking. What’s more, this book was written by a woman in a time when women weren’t expected to wear trousers let alone go on long overland expeditions that involved a complete lack of sanitation and other creature comforts.