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

‘Excellent.’ Richard Trillo, author of The Rough Guide to West Africa

‘Gripping.’ Carl Packman, Left Foot Forward

‘A fascinating journey.’ Julia Manning, Daily Mail


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: