‘Brilliantly written… as splendidly raw, ramshackle and powerful as its author’ - Boyd Hilton
Bob Geldof first visited Africa in 1984.The following year, Live Aid inspired a generation to raise millions for the starving in Africa.
Over twenty years on, passion undiminished, Geldof returns to what he calls the Luminous Continent. This is his personal diary. Unflinchingly honest, and stunningly illustrated with his own photographs, Geldof in Africa paints a unique picture of this extraordinary and beautiful land.
“'An entrancing book - reflective, insightful and angry where appropriate'”
“'It's shocking. I didn't expect, or want, to have to say this - but it's shocking because it's brilliant. Often spluttering with fury. And incredulous horror. But just as often, Bob is very, very funny.'”
“'Extremely well written and often remarkable'”
“'Geldof is a superb guide to this most generalised about, and least understood continent, negotiating a fine balance between well-informed passion and instinctively sardonic humour. Excellent'”
“'Brilliant. He has managed to reach into the soul of the Luminous Continent, and it has taken possession of him'”
“'A beguiling mix of high-ground morality, mystical anthropology, pressure politics and a love letter. This is the agitprop version of Michael Palin'”
A.A. Gill, Sunday Times