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Introducing Justin Fox’s Debut Novel, Whoever Fears the Sea

Justin Fox | Whoever Fears the Sea

Whoever Fears the SeaNew from Umuzi, travel writer and photographer Justin Fox’s first novel, Whoever Fears the Sea:

South African scriptwriter Paul Waterson is sent to Kenya to research a documentary film about Swahili culture. It’s October 2001, and Paul has just been dumped. He spends time in Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu and falls in love with the place and the people. He becomes obsessed with finding the last remaining Mtepe dhow, which he hears is washed up on a beach in Somalia. Piracy is in its infancy but Paul finds it very difficult to find someone to take him into Somali waters. Eventually he talks a dhow captain into the journey, but the entire group is captured by Somali pirates …

About the author

Justin Fox is a travel writer and photographer based in Cape Town. He is a former editor at large of Getaway magazine and editor of Getaway International magazine. He was a Rhodes Scholar and received a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University after which he was a research fellow at the University of Cape Town. His articles and photographs have appeared internationally in a number of publications and on a wide range of topics, while his short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies. He has written scripts and directed award-winning documentaries and is a two-time Mondi journalism award winner. His most recent books include Cape Town Calling (Tafelberg, 2007), Under the Sway (Umuzi, 2007), Africa Lens (Jacana, 2009) and The Marginal Safari (Umuzi, 2010).

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Chris Harvie Parties with the Big Boys at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

Do NOT Take this Road to El-KaramaChris Harvie recently had a great time at Tribe – a first class hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Keep reading for an in-depth list on what to do, where to go and what to see in Nairobi:

I have never been against hobnobbing with big businessmen and ambassadors. Even minor royalty. And they all obviously feel quite at home here. After all, Tribe is a world-class establishment geared to top brass in suits – but it is equally comfortable for small change in shorts like me. That’s why it’s so good.

Getting through security at Tribe is like gaining access to Wonderland. You become part of a great illusion. The hotel has 137 rooms and yet you could be forgiven for thinking it had only 30. There’s never a queue at reception. The servers in the restaurant are so genial you feel they’d like nothing better than to shoot the breeze with you all day. The housekeepers are invisible, but your room is always immaculate. And so it goes on.

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Photo courtesy KiwiCollection

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