Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood

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When Robyn Scott was seven her parents left the tranquil hills of New Zealand, taking their three small children to live in the wild Botswana bush, where they grew up collecting snakes, canoeing with crocodiles and breaking in horses in the veld. Returning to the country where Robyn's eccentric grandfather had served as a pilot to Seretse Khama, Botswana's first, beloved president, her parents continued in his pioneering and unconventional footsteps. This is the extraordinary story of the family's fifteen years in Botswana, during which Robyn's mother single-handedly homeschooled the three children, and her father ran a flying doctor practice, attempting, with often unexpected results, to adapt his experience to the unique demands of a rural practice and the growing problem of Aids. A delightful account of an education where dissecting a snake is the closest Robyn and her brother and sister come to a biology lesson, and children from the cattle posts are their only classmates, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is also a unique insight into modern Botswana. Set against the backdrop of one of Africa's rare democratic success stories battling with one of the continent's worst Aids crises, this book remains an uplifting, engaging and deeply affectionate portrayal of an extraordinary place and family.

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An exquisitely rendered portrait of an African childhood from an astonishing new talent
When Robyn Scott 's parents decide to uproot their young family from New Zealand and move to a converted cowshed in rural Botswana, life for six-year-old Robyn changed forever. In this wild and new landscape excitement can be found around every corner, and with each misadventure she and her family learn more about the quirks, charms, and challenges of living in one of Africa's most remarkable and beautiful countries as it stands on the brink of an epidemic. When AIDS rears its head, the Scotts witness the early appearances of a disease that will devastate this peaceful and prosperous country. Told with clear-eyed unsentimental affection, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is about a family's enthusiasm for each other and the world around them, with the essence of Africa infusing every page.

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