Title: Botswana Time
Author: Will Randall
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Travel
First published: 2005
Edition: Paperback, published by Abacus in 2005
Through a series of serendipitious encounters, Will Randall found himself in Botswana, resuming the career as a teacher that had already taken him from an inner-London comprehensive to Poona in India.
This book was a joy from start to finish. It documents the author’s time teaching at a small school in Kasane, Botswana, and the characters he encountered there.
I love the lighthearted tone of the book, though it does touch on serious subjects such as the AIDS epidemic in Africa and racism. One thing I definitely appreciated was that the author did not shy away from calling out the racism he observed during his time in Botswana, whilst also admitting that he was not always sure how to deal with it. As we get to know the author, he shows us his incredible surroundings and the wildlife, but also the progress Botswana has made as a country since independence.
The highlight of this memoir are the Kasane Kudus, the football-mad children that he teaches, and the other characters that inhibit the town. As a reader you come to despise Dirk, the clear villain of this narrative.
This is the kind of non-fiction book that is fun to read and reads away really easily. I enjoyed it a lot and it made me want to go and visit Botswana! I will also be looking out for other books by the author.
6 out o 7 stars