South Africa – 1976 to 1994

A time of turbulence as the struggle against apartheid reaches its zenith, pushing South Africa to the brink. But for a one small boy in the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg ... his beloved housekeeper is serving fish fingers for lunch.

This is the tale of Hamish Charles Sutherland Fraser – chorister, horse rider, schoolboy actor and, in his dreams, 1st XV rugby star and young ladies’ delight. A boy who loves climbing trees in the spring and a girl named Reggie.

An odd child growing up in a conflicted, scary, beautiful society.
A young South African who hasn’t learnt the rules.

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James Hendry is currently a wildlife television presenter, who has hosted the prime-time TV series safariLIVE for Nat Geo Wild, the SABC and international internet audiences. He has worked as a guide, ranger, teacher, ecologist, lodge manager, researcher and entertainer. James has a Masters in Development Studies and speaks Zulu and Shangane conversationally. His first novel, A Year in the Wild: A Riotous Novel (2011) became a South African bestseller and was followed by Back to the Bush: Another Year in the Wild (2013).


Book cover for Back To The Bush

Back To The Bush

Back to the bush: Another year in the wild is the tale of a second year at Sasekile Private Game Reserve for Angus MacNaughton, his brother Hugh and the melange of outlandish characters who staff and visit the lodge. Angus’s weekly journal recounts a positive beginning to the year for the MacNaughto...

Book cover for A Year In The Wild

A Year In The Wild

Angus and Hugh MacNaughton are brothers. They dislike each other ...A lot. It all started when Hugh bit Angus at a family picnic in the summer of 1989. In a last-ditch attempt to forge a brotherly bond between the two, Mr and Mrs MacNaughton secure them jobs at an exclusive five-star game lodge. The...