The Ringtone and the Drum‘A truly engaging and informative book that provides a rare tour of one of the world’s poorest and least understood regions.’ Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail, Canada

‘High-energy food for wanderlust – an accessible, unique and enchanting account.’ David Bloom, Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard University

‘A must read for anyone interested in West Africa, and anyone who wants to get a feel for what extreme poverty is like. I wholeheartedly recommend it.’ Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, Conservative Friends of International Development


Laced with danger, packed with novel insights and told with a humane voice, The Ringtone and the Drum relates the fascinating tale of Mark Weston’s travels in West Africa. His journey through Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso touches a dizzying array of subjects, including the consequences of civil war, mounting religious strife and the challenges of globalisation. Along the way, the stories of those he meets offer a deeply personal perspective on the lives of some of the least privileged individuals on earth.

Read an extract from the book on Roads & Kingdoms here.

Listen to an interview with Mark Weston on Radio France Internationale here.

Watch Mark Weston being interviewed by the leading Irish blog Slugger O’Toole: