Here at Bea Bond we’re all about slow fashion but, were also fully, paid-up members of the broader slow movement. We love nothing more than putting our phones and tablet to one side and indulging in some slow reading and with suggestions that slow reading is not only good for our mental health but, also makes us smarter, what’s not to love. So, if you fancy diving into the pages of a good read and are in need of some slow inspiration here are our top five picks, all set under the hot Botswana sun.
Colour Bar by Susan Williams
A truly African fairy tale - the book charts the remarkable love between Seretse Khama, the heir to Botswana’s largest tribe and Ruth Williams, a 23-year-old British women, as they overcome extraordinary attempts to suppress their mixed-race relationship. (Adapted to the big screen; A United Kingdom was filmed on location in Botswana)
No. 1 Lady Detectives Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
This is the first in a heart-warming series of books about Botswana’s first ever female detective, Precious Ramotswe. Prepared to be charmed by Mme Ramotswe as she unravels case after case on intuition, common sense and more often than not a good cup of redbush tea. (Adapted to the small screen the TV series was filmed in Botswana )
Under the Camelthorn Tree: Raising a Family Among Lions by Kate Nicholls
The author’s decision to raise her family in a tented, lion research centre in the African bush has resulted in a book which is both beautiful and brutal. Kate Nicholls honesty is refreshing.
Botswana Time by Will Randall
An uplifting and humorous read in which Will Randall shares his tales of teaching in Botswana. As rich and colourful as Africa itself. One to lift the spirits.
White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse
A story of love and loss set against the beauty of the Botswana landscape and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1970s South Africa. An absolute must read in our opinion.