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Ian Mathie


We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden death of Ian, greatly loved husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to many.


If you would like to make a donation in Ian's memory to Six Counties Kidney Patients' Association or RNLI, please contact Humphris Funerals on 01295 265424.

Ian Mathie

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"This is narrative non-fiction at its best" is what best selling Australian author Rosanne Dingli said about Ian Mathie's African Memoir series.

Drawing on the notebooks he kept during thirty years living and working in the African bush, Ian Mathie has produced a startling series of African memoirs which give intimate insights into little known and fast disappearing cultures from that vast and diverse continent.

Living cheek by jowl with the people in the villages whilst working as a water engineer, developing clean water supplies to rural communities, Ian had a close up view of often secretive aspects of tribal life and culture not generally on view to outsiders.

The stories in his memoirs offer a unique insight to aspects of life in the world's most complex and varied continent that are fast disappearing. He shares these entertaining and often gripping stories with easy to read accounts that will keep you reading to the very last page.

There are currently five books in the African Memoir series:

Bride Price

Man in a Mud Hut

Supper with the President

Dust of the Danakil

Sorcerers and Orange Peel  Recommended as one of the Top Ten Autobiographies of 2014 by The Bookbag

The Bookbag has described Ian Mathie as:"...simply the best of the relatively unknown writers".

Ian Mathie's work has received praise from many quarters, including regular reviewers, other authors and readers. One of his books has even been used as a course book on a memoir writing course at an American university.

Tim Butcher, formerly Africa Bureau Chief of the Daily Telegraph author of two books about Africa Blood River and Chasing the Devil said about Bride Price:

"A wonderfully evocative account of a lost time in Africa before political, genocidal maelstroms reframed the way the continent is perceived. Writing with great sensitivity and authenticity, Mathie enriches our understanding not just of the people but of the human spirit that thrives there."

For more views on Ian's books please go to the Reviews Page.

The African Memoir series of books is published in paperback and as e-books by Mosaique Press.

For Ian Mathie's other books please see Books in Print.