Cameroon with Egbert tells the story of a journey through the remote areas of Cameroon undertaken by indomitable author Dervla Murphy and her daughter Rachel, accompanied by an endearing horse named Egbert.
During the course of their wanderings they are frequently mistaken for husband and wife, forcing Dervla to bare her chest to prove her femininity; they continually get lost, are obliged to eat repulsive local delicacies; are arrested, fall ill, are baked by the sun and soaked by tropical storms and, disastrously, lose Egbert.
The two women's charm, wit and sense of adventure shine through all these setbacks, which would have daunted lesser travellers. They eventually leave this laid-back, peaceful country with great reluctance, having been `enspelled' by its beauty and the friendliness of the Cameroonians.
`Anyone who has read a book by this author will want to read another. She brings to Cameroon all the sympathy, wit and perception that we have come to expect from her.' Sunday Telegraph
This is vintage Murphy' Irish Independent
`This is the very stuff of travel' Irish Times
Dervla Murphy was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland, and still has her home there. Since 1964 she has regularly published descriptions of her journeys in the remoter areas of the world. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of the nuclear power industry and race relations in Britain.