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Aidan Hartley

Aidan Hartley is The Spectator’s Wild Life columnist.

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How my ninety-one-year-old father-in-law learned to love Africa

We’ve built him a wooden bothy in the garden where he has satellite TV for the sports channels

By Aidan Hartley

High Life

The blessing of missionaries

God is alive and very well in Africa

By Aidan Hartley

International

When will the West start to deal with Africa on its own terms?

The continent is only now beginning to assert its influence on the world stage

By Aidan Hartley

International

Could the Kenyan election be a turning point?

For all the chair-throwing and rioting, the country’s democracy is maturing

By Aidan Hartley

Music

The African love affair with country music

‘I’m happy to see young people turning away from all that bongo and jump music’

By Aidan Hartley

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Who killed Dicky?

A cold case in a hot place

By Aidan Hartley

Place

Sailing to Zanzibar

In my life I have enjoyed wonderful sea safaris on dhows, hunting for tuna and ambergris and waves to surf

By Aidan Hartley

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How ‘WhatsApp mums’ saved Kenya’s castaway children

While the diplomats did nothing, mothers negotiated the Lollipop Airlift that would bring their kids home

By Aidan Hartley

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Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

I was the only foreign correspondent there — and it was the best day of my life

By Aidan Hartley

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Why I’m investing in sheep

As we emerge from the pandemic, I’m going long on Dorpers

By Aidan Hartley

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Did I catch COVID from a naked-rumped tomb bat?

I live outdoors and rarely encounter another human, so perhaps my infection was the result of zoonosis

By Aidan Hartley

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The cure for everything

Unlike elsewhere, Kenya’s cities throng with life: crowded markets, gridlocked traffic, busy bars and shops

By Aidan Hartley

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The art of mourning well

Following Mum’s death, I have been staying quietly at her home on the beach in a whirlpool of memories

By Aidan Hartley

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Eccentric, artist and storyteller: in memory of my mother Doreen Sanders

She would live on mushrooms for a month, then put us up in the finest Parisian hotel

By Aidan Hartley

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The many good things to come out of lockdown

Like most parents we got to spend much more time with our children than we might otherwise have done

By Aidan Hartley

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