Into Africa: 3 kids, 13 Crates and a Husband


My review of Into Africa: 3 kids, 13 Crates and a Husband by Ann Patras

First her book blurb found on Amazon. “When Ann and Ziggy Patras uproot from England in 1980 and head off with their three young children to live and work in deepest Africa, they have no idea what they are letting themselves in for. While prepared for sunshine and storms 13º south of the equator, the Patras family are ill-equipped for much else. Interspersed with snippets from Ann’s letters home, this crazy story describes encounters ranging from lizards to lions, servants to shopping shortages, and cockroaches to curfews.”

I have finished reading this book and here is my review. I found Into Africa a rather enjoyable and fun read full of adventure for this expat family. The flow of the narrative is easy, but quite slow. Patras’ clearly relates comedy into situations, and reading of life as an expat was interesting, and I gained a clearer vision of Zambia at the time frame this story is written from, circa 1980. I wonder how Zambia has changed since 1980? The food and toiletry, not to mention clothing and toy shortages compound Patras’ and her family’s life. This book is well written and interesting. 4 stars!


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