Once described by the actress, Joanna Lumley, as ‘the man with no fear’, Tristan Voorspuy spent his whole life living up to the legend. Early stints in Northern Ireland and Germany with the Blues and Royals regiment were but a precursor to a life defined by his love of Africa, a life cut tragically short in 2017 on his beloved ranch, Sosian. From his epic motorbike ride from the UK to Cape Town, to extraordinary wildlife encounters and many death-defying light aircraft near misses, Life on the Edge paints a picture of a man determined to live life to the full.
It is also the story of compassion, conservation and, ultimately, tragedy. In the last two decades of his life, Voorspuy transformed the overgrazed and drought-blighted Sosian ranch in Northern Kenya into a celebrated game reserve, acclaimed tourist destination and successful cattle ranch. True to form, it was whilst defending this property that an unarmed Tristan, on horseback, was gunned down and killed, a murder that sent shockwaves around the world.
Adrian Dangar was a personal friend of Tristan Voorspuy having first met in Devon 30 years ago, and with his help later established Wild and Exotic, a travel company specialising in riding safaris and tailor-made journeys around the world. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, South America and Asia on numerous writing and travel assignments, and is a regular contributor to Country Life, The Field Magazine and Horse & Hound. His first book, True to the Line (9781846892448), was published by Quiller in 2017. Adrian lives in rural North Yorkshire with his wife and family and enjoys fieldsports, travel and the countryside.
The book will also carry a Foreword from acclaimed explorer and conservationist, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, with a donation per copy to the Tristan Voorspuy Conservation Trust.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading Tristan Voorspuy’s Fatal Love of Africa ISBN 9781846892660 Author Adrian Dangar Binding Casebound Extent 216 Pages, 243x153mm Illustrations Photographs Ebook Yes
'From his epic motorbike ride from Cairo to Cape Town, to extraordinary wildlife encounters and many death-defying light aircraft near misses, Life On The Edge documents how Tristan was determined to live life to the full. It is also the story of compassion, conservation and, ultimately, tragedy.' - Gemma Redrup, Horse & Hound (Read more here).
'Apologies for the cliché but this was my ‘most anticipated book of the summer.’ Quiller books never disappoint and this was no exception. This is an awe inspiring, amusing and ultimately heart rendering biography, written by Adrian Dangar, friend and colleague of Tristan Voorspuy. Anyone who has experienced a riding safari, or who plans one in the future will devour this book. It is a bold, colourful tribute to Voorspuy, the man, the adventures and the surroundings, most definitely a life lived to the full.' - Louise Broderick, Haynet (Read more here).
'...a powerful memorial to a great man that the World has to its great misfortune lost forever.' - Peter Brook, Baily's Hunting Directory
'This book... is beautifully written and a most fitting tribute to a life well-lived, a life which left much that is both positive and enduring.' — Simon Doughty, Guards Magazine
'Sometimes a life richly lived can be more enthralling than fiction. The true tale of African adventurer Tristan Voorspuy fits the bill... This book, rich with detail and beautiful photographs, is a fitting tribute.' — Philip Bowern, Western Morning News
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