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The House says:
If you like your adventure with a less than superhero protagonist then Redmond O’Hanlon is your man. He has travelled and hiked through the Congo, the Amazon and here, in Borneo slowly physically and mentally unravelling with hilarious effect.
His teams abandon him, tribesman attempt to kidnap him, parasites desire to lay their eggs in him and, as his delirium really ramps up, the wildlife engage him in questionable philosophical debate. O’Hanlon is a master storyteller who, unlike the others on the list will leave you thinking that, at least in part, bloody hell if he can do it why can’t I? But whether you should do it is a different matter altogether.
`We’ve left a lot of men in Borneo – know what I mean?’ With their SAS trainer’s warnings ringing in their ears, the naturalist, Redmond O’Hanlon, and the poet, James Fenton, set out to rediscover the lost rhinoceros of Borneo. They were loaded with enough back-breaking kit to survive two months in a steaming 95 Degrees (in the shade) jungle of creeping, crawling, biting things. O’Hanlon could also rely on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the region’s flora and fauna, and had read-up on how to avoid being eaten by anything (stick your thumbs in a crocodile’s eyes, if you have time).
And yet they proceeded to have an adventure that neither O’Hanlon, nor his friend, nor even his guides were remotely prepared for… `Consistently exciting, often funny, and erudite without ever being overwhelming’ Punch.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224
- Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd
- ISBN: 9780140073973
- Published: 5 Sep 1985