"This is the sequel to African Ways. It tells what happened next in Valerie Poore's life in South Africa's rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1980s. More bittersweet than the first book, Val and her family move down the mountain from the farm where they spent the three happy years described in African Ways. In this second book, life changes dramatically for the author and her small daughters, but the anecdotes she shares are still filled with colour, humour and everything that she loves about Africa and its people."
It was published at the end of January 2018 and has been well received so far.
Here are two of the reviews which I'm lucky enough to have received:
"I absolutely loved this book, a sequel to the author's first African adventures. This time, in spite of a series of difficult situations in her life, Val brings her world to life with her usual wit and charm. What shines through the pages for me is her love of the country, her children and the numerous animals in the family. What an amazingly resilient and courageous woman she is.
The book is set before the real troubles in South Africa changed her rather idyllic world. How lucky she was to have lived there during such a time and to have so many good memories to share with us.
If you like memoirs I recommend any of Val Poore's books, for a gentle journey that is entertaining and makes the reader want to see the places that she writes about for themselves."
"Author Valerie Poore is never the hero of her own memoirs, which is one reason they are delightful to read. “African Ways Again” continues where her “African Ways” memoir left off and opens a fascinating window into South Africa.The colorful word pictures and entertaining stories need no photos for illustration; they paint every nuance of South African life from peace and harmony to the devastating upheavals and violence of the late 1980s.
Upheaval buckled Valerie Poore’s life, too, but it neither defeated, nor defined her. She handled each new crisis as a victor, not a victim.
A lamb from the veterinarian’s office sharing the loo with office workers? A Dalmatian demanding to drive the vehicle? Gentle humor keeps the fascinating memoir moving."