From a baker's dozen of books about Africa (most of them recent enough to be still in print and most of them familiar titles in YA collections) Mr. Bayliss has chosen intriguing passages about people, about animals, about ideas. Each chapter can be read as straight adventure, for amusement or for the pleasure to be found in odd information. Nevertheless, each selection represents a challenge preconceived notions or generally accepted positions. For instance; from Hunter, there is the idea that a grotesque and painful death can also be an honorable and happy one; from Ibamba comes Hubbard's argument that the tamed wild animal does not revert to savagery; or there is Gerald Durell's challenge about captivity representing cruelty to wild animals. The real finds among anthologies are those that lead the reader straight from an exciting or amusing excerpt to a full, available book. The editor has selected wisely, even slyly, to spur the appetite for more.