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About bushleader

BIO: I am British, born in England in 1952 but now live in Uganda, East Africa with my wife and two young children. A former professional soldier in the British Army, since 1992 I have lived in Africa. My early years there were spent taking clients on wildlife safaris and mountain climbs. From 2004 onward until the present time I have worked as a Security Contractor and Consultant. I am currently in the UK receiving medical treatment. CREDENTIALS: I hold Mountain Leadership Certificates; was licensed as a 'Professional Guide' by the Botswana Wildlife Institute; accredited as an 'Expert Consultant' by the Vocational Education Training Authority of Tanzania, wrote the National Curriculum for Tour Guides on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, and I am an Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). PUBLISHING HISTORY: As a freelance article writer between 1997 and 2005 I was published in several UK and African magazines (those marked * are relevant to the proposed MS): BBC Wildlife magazine* Soldier magazine Combat & Survival magazine* SCUBA magazine Church of England Newspaper Land Rover World magazine* Your Dog magazine* Travel News and Lifestyle magazine (Nairobi, Kenya)* Between 2002 and 2004 I was the contributing Editor-in-Chief of African Travel Review magazine (published in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania), the Editor of UTALII (the newsletter of the Tanzanian Tourism Master Plan), and contributing Editor of TANTRAVEL (the official monthly organ of the Tanzania Tourist Board). For three years I wrote my own monthly satirical column in What’s Happening in Dar magazine (published in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania) My published book “Surviving Your African Safaris”; a comprehensive 'how to' handbook for guides and the guided, is referenced in the proposed manuscript. Paperback: 156 pages Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company (September 28, 2012) ISBN-10: 1619500671 ISBN-13: 978-1619500679 I have three other books published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing: Beneath the Surface: a collection of short weird tales (2012) - Top Ten Winner in the 2012 Editors' and Preditors' Readers' Poll, voted 3rd in the Anthologies category. Worm: a full-length fantasy novel (2013) - Top Ten Winner in the 2013 Editors' and Preditors' Readers' Poll, voted 4th in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy category. Trips to the Dark Side: a collection of short weird tales (2013)


Maggot – a Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Novel

This novel is for “Young Adults” (YA)… especially great for kids entering their teens… but adults will enjoy it too.. No bad language, no sex (sorry lads!), but a lot of swordplay and blood. There are good times and bad, great failures and glorious triumphs. I would never dare to compare this story to the classic The Lord of the Rings… but I think you get the idea!



This 97000-word story covers the 21 years of my life from late 1992 to early 2014. It relates how, at the age of 40, I give up what little I have and dash off on a fool’s hope to Tanzania, to seek work with wildlife and find a life of adventure in Africa.
A chance meeting in Arusha flings me headlong into exactly the situation I sought; an anti-poaching security survey on behalf of the Rhino Conservation Project. What an incredible stroke of luck… and what an adventure this turns out to be!
Sadly, my involvement in the project is only of three months duration, and yet is a fantastic first footstep into Africa, following which, I move forwards into the world of wildlife safaris.
From the sunlit plains of the Serengeti to the snows of Kilimanjaro to the steaming jungles of the Congo, over the next ten years I slowly build up my skill-set as a Tour Leader and Mountain Guide and gain the experience required to take me from an unknown hopeful to a well-respected Safari Guide and accredited expert in the field.
The journey is a long and at times a difficult one, and at certain crossroads I have to result to drastic measures to continue, from running guns into Zaire to smuggling drugs in Spain.
This is a story of a life filled with polar extremes; triumphs and disappointments, dangerous incidents, extraordinary situations and amorous liaisons. It is written from the heart; grass roots, earthy and often humorous anecdotal tales of paradisiacal places, wonderful wildlife and crazy adventures… woven through with evocative travelogues and a layman’s perspective of two different cultures.
The target readership is anyone interested in true life adventure, wildlife, mountains, travel and culture and the struggle of an independent person to make a life in Africa, for all these things I came to experience.