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Fran Sandham – An African Adventure
Thursday 13th November, 2008

Fran Sandham – An African Adventure
Fran Sandham

ONE man, one stubborn donkey and 3,000 miles of Africa to cover on foot.

An author and adventurer who traversed the world’s second largest continent in a pair of sandals is visiting Wigan to discuss his critically acclaimed book.

Traversa follows Fran Sandham’s one man mission to conquer his fears and Africa’s unforgiving climate in his epic adventure from the Skeleton Coast to Tanzania.

Bizarrely, Fran first decided to walk across Africa as a New Year’s resolution. “I remember being at a really boring New Year’s Eve party and thinking ‘life’s too predictable’ I’m going to change all that!” he said.

At 32 he set out on adventure of a lifetime that would take the best part of a year.

Walking anything up to 35 miles a day the trip would have been finished a lot sooner if not for a stubborn donkey.

Fran, originally from the Wirral, said: “I decided to buy a pack animal to make the journey easier but the donkey was called Tsondab – which literally translated means ‘Where You Get Stuck’ and he would’t budge. In two and a half months we covered less than one mile.”

The adventurer will be at Standish Library on November 21st and at the Derby Rooms, Leigh Library on November 28th. Both events start at 7pm and are free but please call the library to book a place.

The event has been organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s reader in residence Stephen Lythgoe. He said: “From the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean with no backup, no support team, no film crews, no cheering crowds and certainly no fuss this is an epic tale and a story worth hearing first hand.”

Fran’s book was published in 2007. His visit has been organised by Wigan Libraries in partnership with Time to Read. This is one of several exciting events being held across the Wigan Borough as part of the National Year of Reading.

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