Title: Looking Back
Author: Max Keith
Size: 210mm x 148mm; 183 pages
Looking Back is an extraordinary and sincere snapshot of southern Africa in the mid-twentieth century through the eyes of a naturally adventurous, determined and modest young man finding his way in the world. Often on a motorbike with little money and no passport.
Looking Back is a coming of age story. It provides a series of recollections of the authors adventures which include elephant and crocodile hunting, surviving a murder attempt, solving crimes, evading border authorities, and saving lives. These stories are told with a humility and deep empathy with the people he met and worked with. In Looking Back, the book chronicles the evolution of a young man struggling with learning and health disabilities into a well-regarded conservationist in South Africa. His deep interest in the San and their relationship to nature (particularly plants) nurtures a philosophy that carries him into a career he loves and a life he is proud of.
Max achieves a balance between personal memoir and a collection of extraordinary incidents, information and history which is refreshing and informative. He has a quiet self-confidence and strength of character that together with his simplicity of writing and sense of humour make this book wonderfully entertaining to read.
“This book is much more than the story of the life and times of Max Keith. It is a book about life and personal philosophies in general which others can use as an anchor in their own lives. In all, it is a well-written and fascinating book which can be read by all.” – J. du P. (Koos) Bothma (author of Written in the Sand)
“It is a wonderful snapshot of southern Africa and our history and a very interesting man. All simply written with very little unnecessary emotion or drama but wonderfully evocative text.” – Nicola Taylor
“Just finished reading Looking Back. I couldn’t put it down. It is going to become bed time stories for the boys.” – Peter Freemantle
“I grew up with these stories, they shaped who I am. It is a privilege to have Max as my dad.” – Marlise Keith
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