When John Cowell was called up for National Service he was horrified, but it turned out to be the most joyous experience of his life. This ... Show synopsis When John Cowell was called up for National Service he was horrified, but it turned out to be the most joyous experience of his life. This compassionate and heartwarming tale tells of a young man's exploits in the British Cameroons, West Africa, during National Service. In this touching account John Cowell brings his African experience to life, revealing what it was like for the young working class men, now today's seniors, who were sent to far away and exotic places when they were called up to serve their country. These young men, whose life experiences and horizons often stretched no further than their local town, were suddenly exposed to conflicts and poverty they didn't even know existed. John's remarkable memory for detail and vivid descriptions bring that near forgotten era back to life in a compelling and fascinating autobiography. "Elephant Grass "is a tale of camaraderie and friendship. A story, told with wit, humor, and compasssion that beautifully depicts the great heights that the human spirit can rise to, especially in the face of adversity.