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French Lessons In Africa: Travels with my Briefcase through French Africa

Peter Biddlecombe

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

* Peter Biddlecombe's popular French Lessons In Africa with a stylish new jacket.

Having travelled across West Africa for over ten years, Peter Biddlecombe's often hilarious account of a long and lingering liaison dangereuse with the sixty per cent of the continent that is French-speaking is a highly readable, hugely entertaining introduction to the je ne sais quoi of French Africa.
In countries such as Togo, Mali and Burkina Faso, Biddlecome encounters old-fashioned camel butchers, modern witch doctors who run mail-order companies, gold smugglers and counterfeiters who send their sons to Oxford. He also experiences a delicious foie gras of places: from eerie voodoo ceremonies in the old slave port of Ouidah to Italian ice-cream parlors in the middle of the Sahara desert.
And Biddlecombe reveals not only Francophone Africa's politics, often bizarre business traditions and culture, but also provides a mass of practical advice on everything from how to eat a water-rat to talking your way through a road block in the middle of an attempted coup.

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Peter Biddlecombe

Peter Biddlecombe is a travel-businessman and this is the fourth of eight gloriously funny accounts of his global business trips.

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