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Travels with My Hat Paperback – August 13, 2014
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Osborne’s stories are sometimes funny and sometimes very sad indeed, but they are unfailingly captivating. It was intriguing to read about her stay in a makeshift hut in the then fishing village of Hurghada on the Red Sea, when she and a group of friends almost died of thirst – there were no shopping malls in those days and no hotels either. And she gives a riveting account of a trip in the late seventies as part of the British royal press corps to the Gulf States, to cover a visit by the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh. One of the most memorable stories is her account of an extraordinary episode when Her Majesty became separated from the royal entourage and found herself alone in a souk in Oman. But there are also heart-rending descriptions of the famine in Ethiopia in 1973, in the Ogaden where not a drop of rain had fallen for five years, and livestock, together with the humans who depended on them, were dropping like flies before Osborne’s very eyes. This is a book which leaves you gasping at the author’s courage and resourcefulness, and both laughing and crying at the sights she witnessed.
In spite of the risks to her personal safety as a woman often travelling alone in the 1960’s and 70’s, Christine was brave enough to visit countries that were often dangerous then but are now, today, strictly off-limits because of political turmoil. Her often amusing take on things makes light of some of the more scary events (near crash on takeoff of one flight, practically starving to death in the desert and being stuck in the ribs with a blunt knife in a robbery) but still relates fascinating anecdotes of her visits to countries in the Middle-East and North Africa. One can hardly do justice by way of compliments, but her smooth prose, her detailed description of names, events and the conditions she endured, had me ‘living’ her experiences in my mind!
Quite apart from that, it is very difficult to manage words and pictures simultaneously. Most people can only manage one or the other, while Christine does both and does them beautifully.
I treasure my copy, will not let it out of my hands, but will be buying copies as gifts for my very favorite friends.
+ Table of Contents - Love that I can press just the chapter I want to read and go right to it from there.
+ Chapter 8 - Letters to her MUM (mother). This I loved to read as it her very personal accounts of her trips.
+ Love the pictures (all with labels of date and location etc under the picture) and also the maps in this book and all were clear and easy to see even on my Kindle7 screen.
+ Chapter 3 - My favorite chapter of all! This has historical pictures and maps as well as a picture of her travels while she was on the Royal Press Corps.
If you love to read about travel and especially history, look no more, I believe that you will love this book!
Highly recommend this book!
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