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Book Launch: A hat, a kayak and dreams of Dar by Terry Bell

A hat, a kayak and dreams of DarJohn Platter says it’s “a terrific, uproarious story about the pluckiest, most ham-fisted, naïve, fun-loving and articulate couple ever to set off in a kayak.” – Join Terry Bell for the launch of his hilarious memoir, “A hat, a kayak and dreams of Dar”.

In December 1965, in a smoke-filled hotel room in Morocco, South African journalist Terry Bell accepted a challenge: to paddle a kayak from London to Tangier.

At the time, Terry and his wife Barbara were living as political exiles in London. By August 1967, they agreed it was time to get back to Africa. But they decided to up the ante.

Their plan: paddle 11 000 kilometres from England to Dar es Salaam in a 5-metre glass fibre kayak.

“You will paddle across waters high and low, cruise French canals, scrabble around the back streets of the Mediterranean world, hitchhike and travel in improbable vehicles across miles of desert before reaching the destination …” – Sholto Cross

“This is a crazy journey only true love could tolerate, in a time where everything seemed possible.” – Don Pinnock

Includes: a section on culinary kayaking – the recipes that Barbara cooked along the way.

“I’ll travel anywhere with Terry by land – but in a boat, never again! – Barbara Bell

About the author: A journalist and labour commentator, Terry Bell is author of several books, including Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth. He co-authored Fordsburg Fighter: the journey of an MK volunteer (ISBN 9780994674425) with Amin Cajee in 2016.

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