Where Angels Fear to Tread
The book begins when Linda has a chance meeting with a fellow musician, Georgia. She is an attractive blonde Canadian who is overcoming her midlife crisis by setting out on a physical and spiritual exploration of Europe and Africa. They begin their shared adventure by leaving for Morocco on Linda´s 18 year old BMW motorcycle complete with Georgia´s Celtic harp and Linda´s tin whistle.
After many varied experiences, including a hike amongst the Berbers in the high Atlas mountains they part company in the south and Georgia continues her journey solo to face the dangers of the Mauritanian desert.
Linda returns briefly to her new home in a smugglers village in Andalucia but is soon on the road again. After a brief visit to her family in England to help with the unexpected death of her mother, she completes a lone motorcycle trip of over 7,000 miles to the Ukraine. During this journey she dodges bandits in Rumania and whistles her way through politically sensitive areas of Moldova and the Crimea.
Finally after a frightening experience in her own home, she takes a Greyhound bus in midwinter across the USA to Canada to meet Georgia again 16 months after their parting in Morocco.
During their time apart Georgia and Linda kept in touch by post and excepts from Georgia’s letters are included. These provide not only detailed accounts of life in West Africa but also a continuity and tension to Linda’s tale. Their friendship across the miles supported them both in the joys, sorrows, problems and dangers that they each faced, candidly described in the text.
A further dimension is the inclusion of poems and songs composed and used during the period. these combined with the variety of people and places over the short time span give a fast yet sensitive pace to the story.
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