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A Hat a Kayak and Dreams of Dar

by Terry Bell

In December 1965, in a smoke-filled hotel room in Morocco, South African journalist Terry Bell accepted a challenge: to paddle a kayak from London to Tangier. At the time, Terry and his wife Barbara were living as political exiles in London. By August 1967, they agreed it was time to get back to Africa. But they decided to up the ante. Their plan: paddle 11 000 kilometres from England to Dar es Salaam in a 5-metre glass fibre kayak.

ISBN 9781928346647 | 226 pages | 229 x 152mm | B/W Illustrations | 2017 | Cover2Cover Books, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781928346654


“A terrific, uproarious story about the pluckiest, most ham-fisted, naïve, fun-loving and articulate couple ever to set off in a kayak.”

John Platter

“You will paddle across waters high and low, cruise French canals, scrabble around the back streets of the Mediterranean world, hitchhike and travel in improbable vehicles across miles of desert before reaching the destination …”

Sholto Cross

“This is a crazy journey only true love could tolerate, in a time where everything seemed possible.”

Don Pinnock

"I’ll travel anywhere with Terry by land – but in a boat, never again!"

Barbara Bell



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