A Voyager Out (Paperback)

The Life of Mary Kingsley

By Katherine Frank

Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 9781845110208, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2005

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Mary Kingsley began her life as a typically conventional Victorian woman. She would end up travelling to some of the most inhospitable regions of Africa and became one of the most celebrated travellers of the day. At the age of 31, she sailed on a cargo ship along the coast from Sierra Leone to Angola and then traveled inland from Guinea to Nigeria, studying African customs and beliefs. On her second journey, she ventured into remote parts of Gabon and the French Congo--the first European to do so. She encountered cannibals and crocodiles, studied the religious customs of the reclusive Fang tribe, climbed Mount Cameroon and explored the Ogowe River, trading cloth for ivory and rubber to fund her trip. She returned only once to Africa, during the Boer War, when she worked as a nurse and journalist. Tragically, she died of typhoid in 1900, only 38 years old.

About the Author

Katherine Frank is the author of Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi. She has also written biographies of Emily Brontë and Lucie Duff Gordon.

Praise For A Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley

"Katherine Frank is the ideal biographer for this challenging subject…the story of a unique woman that has to be read, absorbed, devoured, to be believed."--Elizabeth Longford
"A brilliant biography of Mary Kingsley, one of that remarkable cohort of brave Victorian lady travellers around the world." --Britain-Nigeria Association