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The set-up is perfect: it’s 1972, a bunch of hippies & misfits are living in and around a ramshackle hotel on the beach in tropical Africa. The counter-cultural detail is funny and deeply authentic – Jim Anderson was at the centre of London’s sixties counter-culture. The story-telling is terrific: shades of Evelyn Waugh’s Black Mischief and Tom Sharpe. Makes you think too. Barry Miles, author, definitive biographer of the beat/hippy generation and sixties counter culture.
Jim Anderson’s new novel is an epic of rootlessness and the search for certainty – it has swung me round and flung me out of the window into a freakish, comedic free-fall. Its message seems to be: in the modern world the only anchor is truth to self – but I’m not sure. Duncan Fallowell, novelist, travel writer, critic.
An exuberant, rollicking narrative spiked with sex, drugs, and a thoroughly wicked wit. Graeme Aitken, author of Vanity Fierce.
Jim Anderson’s Chipman’s African Adventure is the ideal gift for all those who lived through the sixties and seventies but can’t remember anything about them. And an eye-opener for those who weren’t there but wish they had been. A splendid psychedelic flashback of all that weird and wonderful sex and drugs and therapy and the rest of it, before the shades of political correctness rolled in and tried to shut it all down. Michael Wilding, author and Emeritus Professor, English & Australian Literature, University of Sydney.
Outrageous, bizarre, tender and revealing, this close-up encounter with one man’s sixties-style coming out carries the high shockability count of satire. It is moving and hilarious, witty and unscrupulous, lusty and confrontational, a dramatic journey of self-discovery that throws off moralistic sensibilities, strips bare polymorphous desires, and lets a new man emerge from the rubble of his deconstructed ego. Marsha Rowe, founder of Spare Rib.
Nancy Mitford gave us Love in a Cold Climate, and now Jim Anderson has given us love – and its complications — in a hot climate. No-one will ever be able to view Africa in the same light again. Garry Wotherspoon, historian and gay activist.
What unremitting hilarity! Can’t wait for the movie. Sylvia Lawson, film critic, poet and author.by