Hippos Hairpins and High Button Boots - Audio Book on CD
Published by Crimson Cats Audio
An account of a Victorian Lady's journeys up the rivers of West Africa in the 1890s ...
Mary Kingsley was born in 1862. She was trapped by the conventions of her time until her parents died but then, with an income of £500, she was free to travel and in 1893 went to Africa
Travelling alone in small steamers and native canoes, which she learned to handle, she went deep into the jungles, learning about the spiritual lives of the African tribes and collecting specimens of fish for the British Museum
Her books were popular, funny and contentious and her views on missionaries were trenchant
After publishing her first book, Mary Kingsley returned to West Africa
During the Boer War she worked in the military hospitals in South Africa where she died of typhus
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