A brilliantly written exploration - part travel writing, part personal quest - of Africa's oldest and most famous population
The Bushmen have long been mythologised and are firmly entrenched in the Western mind. But what is it about hunter-gatherers that is so attractive us, and why do we need these myths? Fascinated by this disappearing population, Rupert Isaacson has been venturing into the Kalahari since he was a child and his book is a search for this truth about the Bushmen through Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Part travel writing, part history of the Bushmen, part personal quest, it will record what he finds there, the landscapes he travels through, the wildlife he hunted and ate, the characters, corruption and confusion of a people who have wrenched themselves out of the Stone Age (it wasn't until 1948 that it became illegal to kill Bushmen) into a cash economy over the past ten years.
Rupert Isaacson was born in 1967. He has written guide books to many African countries and is about to publish a guide to outdoor adventure in Britain. He writes for the Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and does features for Radio 5.