Immersed in West Africa

Non-Fiction - Travel
154 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2020
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Author Biography

Today l am a traveller and a writer. I wasn't always! In my exciting adult life l have been a partner in Deloitte accounting firm, a Minister in the Government of Bermuda and a realtor. But most of all l wanted to be a traveller. I retired at 60 and have been a solo traveller since. I go on the road for eight weeks, home for eight and then back again.
When l retired l had been to 44 countries but in the last five years l have been to 46 spending between one week and six weeks in each. It has been some journey!
My first book,Immersed in West Africa, tells the tale of eight adventure filled weeks in five West African countries. Since then l have been to an additional 18 countries.
But l am not always traveling. When relaxing l enjoy a good book, for me that means something that is historical or biographical. I would love to read other genres but there are enough in my area to keep me reading. Of course, my love for travel means l always have a few travel books on the go as preparation for my next trip. I do a lot of researching before l head out. I am looking to find those things that tourists either don’t do or don’t know about. Then with what little time l have left l am a sports fan- cricket and football being my games. So little time to be bored!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Immersed in West Africa is a non-fiction travel book written by Terry Lister. From his earliest days, travel was in the author’s blood. Both his mom and dad were seasoned travelers, and, while he was born on a small island, Bermuda, Lister’s imagination was captured by the early geography primers he was exposed to in school. He was especially moved by the stories about Africa, the place where his ancestors hailed from. His decision to go to Toronto to attend university and subsequent sense of wonder and excitement as he gazed down at the world passing underneath his plane sharpened his determination to become a traveler.

And while he traveled during his years as an accountant and a realtor, he decided, after retirement, that the time had come for him to pursue the career that had long fired his imagination -- he would become a traveler. During a three year period, he went to every country in Central and South America save one. In 2017 he began his journeys to Africa, completing his seventh trip in December 2019. A vast continent, Lister quickly realized that he could only do justice to one part of Africa for his first visit there. He decided to focus on Western Africa, the road less traveled by tourists and tourism. Lister’s trip turned out to be everything he had hoped for and much more.

Immersed in West Africa is a dream to read. Along the way, the reader experiences vicariously the author’s experiences traveling throughout West Africa. Lister is the consummate guide for this journey. His stories and anecdotes are fresh and original, and the photography which appears throughout the book is stunning. Each picture is perfectly exposed and lit, revealing the beauty, culture, and history of the places he visited. As I settled in to read this most impressive travelogue, I was impressed by how much fun reading it actually was. Lister’s writing style is fluent and conversational, and his stories are endlessly entertaining. Whether you’re an armchair adventurer or someone seriously considering a trip to Africa, Lister’s guide is a perfect place to start your journey. Immersed in West Africa is most highly recommended.