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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