The Field - - Country Estate Books -

The news of Tris­tan Voor­spuy’s death, shot when un­armed, de­fend­ing his Kenyan prop­erty, sent shock­waves through the ru­ral world. He was a well­known fig­ure in hunt­ing, Army and so­ci­ety cir­cles, and even those who didn’t know him per­son­ally were moved by the un­timely and tragic man­ner of his death.

This tribute to him, by Adrian Dan­gar, his friend for 30 years, is a won­der­ful tes­ta­ment to a life lived with pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm. It af­fords the reader the op­por­tu­nity to get to know the man so many called a friend and pays fit­ting tribute to a charis­matic con­ser­va­tion­ist, who won a troop of friends.

Dan­gar de­scribes with elo­quence Voor­spuy’s story, from his early years on the veldt, to school in Eng­land, streak­ing over the Broad

Oak point-to-point course, rus­ti­ca­tion at Cirences­ter, ac­cep­tance at Sand­hurst to the set of Out of Africa, their shared pas­sion for sa­fari, his ranch at Sosian and fi­nally the dev­as­tat­ing land in­va­sions of 2016 and 2017. Voor­spuy’s life reads like a book. And a book you want to read. How for­tu­nate that Dan­gar has made it such an elo­quent one.

By Adrian Dan­gar Quiller, £20

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