The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Book Club - ONLINE - In Ethiopia with a Mule

Dervla Murphy

Tuesday 20th September 2022

Online event starting at 19:00 BST - Public event (all welcome to join).

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For this book club we're going to discuss In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy.

Inspired by childhood stories of Prester John and the Queen of Sheba, in 1966 Dervla Murphy bought Jock, an amiable pack-mule in order to trek across the highlands of this awesome, but troubled land. She wandered south from the Red Sea shore to Sheba's Aksum, and upto the icy roof of Africa, the Semien mountains. From there she descended to the ruined palaces of Gondar and skirted the northern shore of Lake Tana before crossing the drought-afflicted high ranges to Lalibela.

Having exchanged the exhausted Jock (named after her publisher) for an un-cooperative donkey, Dervla completed her journey to Addis Ababa. Her real achievement, was not surviving three armed robberies or a thousand mile trail but rather the growing affection and understanding of another race.

First published by John Murray in 1968, the book is still in print, available in kindle and easily found second-hand.


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In Ethiopia with a Mule cover In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy.

First published by John Murray in 1968, the book is still in print, available in kindle and easily found second-hand.

Publisher : Eland, 2012

ISBN : 9781906011673 (paperback)
UK price £14.99

First Published in News File Spring 2022

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