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Africa: a continent of mystery, magic, wonder – and stories. It is here our ancestors huddled around the glowing embers of a late-night fire for the first time, and it is here the very first stories were told. Some of these stories are true, of course, but others simply reflect the impressive creativity of the people who live here.

Imagine: Africa! challenges the reader to pull up a chair next to an imaginary fireside, sit down, and allow the stories to transport him or her to remote villages, strange people and weird situations. Here you'll find an elephant with a sense of humor, the reason cheetahs have tear streaks down their cheeks, and several dubious characters with an array of scores to settle. An old soldier discovers why he was wounded in the war and an investment banker with a taste for his clients' wives has to face reality. Chinese tourists find a new aphrodisiac, while a woman must decide what to do with her father's murderer.

Readers' reviews:

"I sort of expected African tail tales or fables or maybe beautiful travelogues. I got great short stories, set in Africa with dark humor, unexpected endings, and wonderful prose. Started reading and couldn't stop." (Ron Kell)

"What a lovely ensemble of short stories with a delightfully African flavour. The title prepared me for the author's adventures in Africa, but I was pleasantly surprised with the witticism, symbolism and a touch of philosophy hidden between the pages. Some of the stories will make you chuckle, others touch the heart, some (to me) have the taste of a Herman Charles Bosman. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, well done! My favourite was The Custodian." (Author Henning J van Vuuren)

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