Aidan Hartley

Aidan Hartley (born 1965) is a writer and entrepreneur.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1965, he was educated at Sherborne and studied English at Balliol College, Oxford, then going on to the School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS) to study African politics and history.

As a foreign correspondent for the Reuters news agency, Hartley covered Africa in the 1990s – wars in Somalia, famine in Ethiopia and genocide in Rwanda. He is the author of The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He made thirty television documentaries, most of them for the Channel 4 Television award-winning current affairs series Unreported World and “Dispatches“. In 2013 he retired from mainstream journalism to focus on private business affairs and book writing.

He writes the “Wild Life” column of The Spectator.

Books in order of publication:

Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis1993
The Zanzibar Chest2003
Wild Life: Adventures on an African Farm2009
African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent2018
Paradise of Thorns2021
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