African Lives

White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip, and Rumblings of Rumor from Chinese Gordon to Beryl Markham, and Beyond

Denis Boyles


The book is out of print.


In a series of ebullient and evocative portraits, journalist and Africa enthusiast Denis Boyles chronicles the lives and times of white men and women who have journeyed to Africa in the last one hundred years, seeking things they couldn't find at home. Daredevil flyers and dedicated missionaries, intrepid explorers and charming con men - they all turn up in African Lives.


Hunter Thompson meets Cecil Rhodes in this amusing if idiosyncratic account of modern Africa. Boyles writing is crisp, funny, and cynical; the historical chapters are generally shoddy. Still, it's a wild ride through one person's Africa, suitable for travel collections and public libraries. - Michael Edmonds


Denis Boyles is a journalist, editor, university lecturer and the author/editor of several books of poetry, travel/history, criticism, humor, practical advice and essays.