Frances Macnab’s A Ride in Morocco contains the intriguing narrative of her journey on horseback through that country at the turn of twentieth century. This is no pioneering expedition – rather, a leisurely ride between the major centres of population, dropping in on other Europeans along the way.
Picture a haughty British woman progressing on horseback from Tangier down to Marrakesh, encountering the native population and generally getting her own way. This is Ms Macnab at her best – opinionated and brooking no nonsense.
She is, however, not blind to the beauties of the landscape, nor to the more endearing qualities of the people she meets. Her narrative retains a lasting charm and this facsimile of the first edition, published in 1902, will be welcomed by a wide readership.