When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its peaks, prisoner-of-war Felice Benuzzi is transfixed.
The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea. There are not many people who would break out of a POW camp and trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meagre rations and only a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef as a map. There are probably fewer still who would break back in to the camp on their return. This is the remarkable story of three such men.
‘Felice Benuzzi’s tale is a real joy. An extraordinary adventure written with a light, deft, humorous touch that makes it irresistibly readable. And it certainly shows that the British don’t have a monopoly of eccentricity.’ Michael Palin
I have a childhood memory of being ill in bed, bored and grumpy until my mother came up with an idea of genius. This must have been in late 1953 or 1954 because we had a children’s version of The...Read more