‘977 days of malaria and sui­ci­dal thoughts’

Michael Scott Moore went to So­ma­lia – and was seized by pi­rates. Colin Free­man could have warned him

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THE DESERT AND THE SEA

In early 2012, Michael Scott Moore, a Cal­i­for­nian writer “with a weak­ness for big ideas” took him­self off to So­ma­lia to re­search a new book. Al­ready the author of an ac­claimed study of how West Coast surf cul­ture had spread across the world, he wanted to write about some less cud­dly Beach Boys – the pi­rates op­er­at­ing from So­ma­lia’s vast, law­less coast.

It was, to put it mildly, some­thing of a change of scene. De­spite en­list­ing a trusted fixer

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