‘977 days of malaria and suicidal thoughts’
Michael Scott Moore went to Somalia – and was seized by pirates. Colin Freeman could have warned him
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