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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > July-September 2019 (87) > Storytellers

Storytellers

Our writers share tales from their travels
MIKE UNWIN

THE L WORD, P145

“I’ve always had a thing about animals that hunt after dark. As a junior wildlife fanatic growing up in the UK, nothing got my pulse racing quite like the quavering hoot of a tawny owl on a dark November night. Years later, in Africa, the owls and their voices may have been di erent, but the thrill of their invisible nocturnal presence remained the same (see ‘Owls’, page 30). The African night also brought a symphony of other noises, of course, including the sawing grunt of the leopard, an animal I had been obsessed with since early childhood. Today, however, I unravel that obsession – and whatever it may tell me about myself, still no noise makes me feel more alive.”

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