Mandy Retzlaff grew up in Ghana before moving to what was then Rhodesia. She married her husband Patrick in 1978, and in 1980 they took up farming. After being forced to hand over their Farm to the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association in 2000, they eventually fled across the border to Mozambique, rescuing horses from other evicted farmers along the way. The Retzlaffs run a horse safari company on the Mozambique coast, taking tourists on rides through the wild and wonderful country that they now call home.
'The dramatic narrative of their dangerous journey ... gives this epic its nail-biting edge. The horses, each with its own character, are the stars' The Times 'Brutally honest and often grisly, One Hundred and Four Horses [...] remains a powerful story of loss, desperation and, above all, hope. More than just a memoir, [...] the story is gripping, moving and disturbing all at once.' Horse and Hound