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Paul du Chaillu hides the gorilla's penis


Always marry a farmer's daughter
Redmond O'Hanlon Writer
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Well, it sounds very selfish, but the first thing to say about Belinda is that I would certainly have committed suicide at least six times. I would have killed myself six times, but for her. I owe everything to her. She supported me through the first book. She just... well, I don't know. Not to be sentimental about it, we're in love. But always marry a farmer's daughter if you can. They have already seen it all. They've delivered calves, they've had their elbows deep in blood. You know, they're the kind of girls you want. Nothing you do will surprise them.

British author Redmond O’Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the wildest places in the world. His travels have taken him into the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon, he has faced some of the toughest tribes alive today, and has sailed in the hurricane season on a trawler in the North Atlantic. In all of this, he explores the extremes of human existence with passion, wit and erudition.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: suicide, love, marriage, farmer

Duration: 51 seconds

Date story recorded: July - September 2008

Date story went live: 11 August 2009