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Children’s Author and illustrator Nikki Scrivener takes us for a wild ride through her childhood in Africa. She shares her most vivid memories of her childhood, some funny, some painful and some inspiring in her book Hoof beats in Africa.

There was the everyday occurrence of going to school in an armed convoy and hearing bombs explode during maths lessons, to the unusual and intriguing sight of a wild zebra foal walking through the house and stealing warm milk off the kitchen stove.

The time when Deborah the clever donkey performed her tricks at the school fete and travelled in style in the school minibus, and the moment when a young girl fell in love with a wild pony stallion and whispered her love and understanding into his ear to tame and train him.