Review: Born In Africa

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

 

The American comedian Bill Hicks once joked that people who do not accept evolution tend to look very unevolved. (We can only lament the fact that Hicks died before George W. Bush became President.) Similarly, the early advocates of the Africa-centric model of human evolution were dismissed with primitive obstinance and snobbery by the scientific establishment of the time.
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Review: Africa: Non-fiction

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

It began in Africa.

Four great non-fiction titles on the African continent.

 

Few people have heard of Mauritania. Four times the size of the United Kingdom and with a population of 3.6 million, this vast West African nation straddles the Maghreb and the tropics where the Sahara desert meets the Atlantic ocean. more “Review: Africa: Non-fiction”

Review: The Wild Places

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane

 

‘The wind was rising, so I went to the wood.’ As opening sentences go the beginning of Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places is as existentially brilliant as Camus’ ‘Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.’ Why, you may ask, does a rising wind necessitate a trip to the wood? more “Review: The Wild Places”