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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep (pb)
A British Vet in Africa

After three years working as a young vet in rural Aberdeenshire, Hugh Cran decided that it was time for a change. He got it. He took a post in Kenya and, forty years later, he's still there, still working, still loving every exasperating, challenging, unexpected moment.

This is a page-turning account of working as a vet at the sharp end.

Cattle owned by the Maasai herdsmen or the white settlers might take up most of Hugh's time, but these cattle are assailed by lightning strike, snake bites, disease passed on by zebra and wildebeest. He's up against sun cancer, witch doctors - who knows what to expect next?

Travelling miles on rough roads, Hugh never knows if he will be performing surgery on dirty sacks, besieged by every species of Kenyan insect, by the light of a failing car-headlamp!

But the colourful people who frequent Hugh's Nukuru practice, the sheer vitality of the Kenyan scene and the rewarding nature of the grinding task in hand, keep him answering that persistent phone, day and night, and heading off into the unknown.


Author: Hugh Cran
ISBN: 978 1 906122 09 6
Published: March 2009
Format: 210 x 148 mm
Binding: Paperback
No. of pages: 384
Price: £8.99

Unfortunately this title is now out of print.

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And Miles to Go Before I Sleep (pb)



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Press reviews

Reviewed in Farmer's Guardian in October 2007

'Excellently written and, in turns, laugh-aloud funny and deeply moving.'

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Reviewed in NFU Countryside Magazine in November 2007

'As you read this book, you'll smile, wince, be absorbed and wonder at Hugh's ability to remain calm when all around is chaos. This is a good read and will certainly brighten up a winter's evening.'

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Reviewed in Scottish Field in November 2007

'In 1966 the newly-qualified vet Hugh Cran traded his safe Aberdeenshire practice for one in Kenya – at that time a country hissing with man-eating lions, gin-swilling colonialists and machete-swinging natives. This book recounts his experiences and explains why, some 40 years later, he remains working in this colourful continent.'

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Reviewed in Veterinary Review in January 2008

'A compelling story.'

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Reviewed in UK Vet in January 2008

This proved to be a most enjoyable, and in its way, instructive book. As well as the expected anecdotes about large and small animal medicine, with an exotic twist, there is plenty of atmosphere of life for a young European in the colonies. And it is certainly not all the pink gins and evenings in the club. I would happily recommend it.'

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Reviewed in Veterinary Record in February 2008

'It is absorbing reading and a very considerable achievement…..of real literary merit.'

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Reviewed in Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine in April 2008

'This lively tale will strike a chord with all British vets, farmers, animal lovers and those in search of a page turning adventure.'

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Reviewed in Scottish Daily Record in May 2008

'This is no breezy, light-weight travel guide. Instead it’s an occasionally moving, invariably fascinating tale of Scotsman who carved out a truly extraordinary African life.'

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Reviewed in The King’s African Rifles and in October 2011

'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this excellent and amusing book.'

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