Wild Africa, Odyssey in a Ford Corsair GT

Wild Africa, Odyssey in a Ford Corsair GT

By   Publisher  Austin Macauley Publishers

ISBN  1785545965

ANSI  1785545965

Published in   Action & Adventure, Biographies Memoirs,


In 1964 Jo and Brian Dawtrey and their three children set off on their second tour of Overseas Aid to Tanzania, East Africa. Leaving behind twelve years experience of farming in England, they are appointed to initiate agricultural and resettlement schemes for tribal communities enabling them to upgrade their standard of living and to grow cash crops. This story is about their extensive travel, often having to build or repair the roads before them, their wild bush adventures and their strident humanitarian efforts to bring tribal communities into the modern world. When they are finally posted to the tropical coast of Tanga Province, they feel they have reached heaven but God’ has unforeseen plans for the Dawtreys.

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

Easy reading with 100 pictures

Do you write full time or part time

Full time

How do you structure your day when you write

Forget to cook my lunch

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

A very extraordinary life with a very extraordinary wife, working in Overseas Aid Programmes in Africa, makes a good story, not for money.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

Children's book about a crazy African Ostrich

What inspired you to create this book

Our family life has been so adventurously risky over 24 years in Arica it would make a great film, and I have always been a writer.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Memoir.Such a parable of achievements, surviving on a loving marriage, worthy of record.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)


How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

I am a creative person and am still improving with my pen.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

Because of the historic nature of events, getting the facts exactly correct.

What was the most rewarding

The overall quality of the final text and the 100 photographs

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different


How have you evolved from when you first started writing until now

Of course. I have been a technical writer associated with overseas government employment, and have had to change my style completely from concise brevity to painting pictures in words.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write


How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Not enough

Do they influence your writing


Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

No experience of this. I am basically self reliant person.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

Yes. Quite a lot but this colleagues, not a publishers.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

My wife of 62 years.

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Problem: the publishing world is changing dramatically.Week-end magazines/feature worthwhile.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

Mine is Wild Africa, helps sales and recognition of author

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

200 - 250 pages

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

I am no good at it

What advice would you give to your younger self today

Study journalism part time

What is your favorite book or film

Treasure Island

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall


What are you working on next

Olive Ostrich, for children, then Zambia, Central Africa

When you get frustrated, how do you deal with it

Don't get frustrated

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

Don't try to do it for a living

About the Author

Brian Dawtrey

Born 1928. Married with a nuclear family of 14. 12 years family farming in England. 24 years organizing agricultural land development schemes and building rural roads and dams for African governments under the British Overseas Services Aid program and The World Bank. 16 yrs Hon.Wildlife Ranger. Past Chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia.