This page is part of David Bennun's online journalism archive. Main Index

Follow DavidBennun on Twitter

What the press has said about

Tick Bite Fever

Click to see the above image bigger and sharper

‘Matchlessly witty. . . one of the country's funniest writers, his story of growing up in 1970s Africa is a delight. Not another saccharine African memoir, you groan. Well, it isn't. Bennun refuses to sentimentalise Africa or its wildlife, but underpinning the humour is a clear-eyed and movingly sincere tribute to what he has left behind.’ - The Guardian

‘A hilarious memoir. . . Enchanting and amazing.’ - The Daily Mail

‘Bennun's writing is often so funny you will find it hard not to laugh out loud.’ - The Times Literary Supplement

‘Simply hilarious. Laugh-out-loud is an understatement. . . A wonderful insight into life in Africa from a two-foot high point of view, Tick Bite Fever is a witty, touching and above all affectionate look at his unique upbringing.’ - The Press Association

Tick Bite Fever itches with mordant wit - there's at least one turn of phrase per paragraph that gets among your ribs like a feather duster. An excellent memoir.’ - Uncut magazine

‘Exotic hats off to David Bennun, who has written a book full of warmth and self-deprecating humour. . . The author's childhood is painted in a wonderfully blurry way. . . The book continues to amaze with its advice on how to run from various animals, or its account of the attempted coup of 1982.’ - Word magazine

‘A real find.’ - Publishing News

‘Touching and amusing.’ - Wanderlust

‘Hilarious.’ - BBC Radio 4, Midweek

(These are actual quotes, by the by. I haven't done anything to change or exaggerate the sense of them. Like, for instance, taking, “I found it hugely comical that Bennun expected anyone to read more than a few lines of this drivel”, and extracting the phrase, “I found it hugely comical” - DB)

Tick Bite Fever, David Bennun's memoir of growing up in Africa, is published by Ebury Press, a division of Random House.

To order a copy from, please click here.

For press enquiries, please contact Caroline Newbury at the Ebury publicity office on 020 7840 8730 (+44 20 7840 8730 outside the UK),
or email David directly here

Back to Main Index

Looking for David Bennum, Dave Bennun or Dave Bennum? Might be me, or might be a similarly named scientist chap.