Reviewed in Farmer's Guardian in October 2007
'Excellently written and, in turns, laugh-aloud funny and deeply moving.'
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.'
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.'
Reviewed in Veterinary Review in January 2008
'A compelling story.'
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.'
Reviewed in Veterinary Record in February 2008
'It is absorbing reading and a very considerable achievement…..of real literary merit.'
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.'
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.'
Reviewed in The King’s African Rifles and in October 2011
'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this excellent and amusing book.'