Venice – An Artist’s Delight

April 28, 2017 in Art, Books, Non Fiction, Travel

A sketchers guide to sketchingAmazon buy buttonA treat for the eyes. Venice – A Sketcher’s Guide, by professional contemporary artist, Allan Kirk, is a beautifully illustrated book that captures the essence of this Italian city. It’s Allan’s view that there is no ‘right’ way to sketch and paint but, in his wise commentary that accompanies the numerous colour illustrations, there are hints and tips galore that many will find invaluable.

Coffee tables often groan under the weight of glossy books that seldom get read. This gem is not in that category. It is a work that delights with its fresh approach to artistic endeavour, and that most beautiful of destinations – Venice. Unputdownable. For Venice lovers, and for those planning to make their first visit, this will make a superb companion.

Allan Kirk is a teacher of art who is currently based in the South of France where he offers painting courses to students of all ages.

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A Tame Colonial Girl – An African Adventure

March 18, 2017 in Books, Travel

Afican adventure This African Adventure begins when a small girl, born in England, travels to Kenya to join her parents who had arrived there overland via the Sahara Desert circa 1947/1948.

It is essentially an intimate diary of her life living as a colonial girl amongst the natives of Kenya at a time when there was a hierarchial class system and when decent white girls were not supposed to be too associated with their black counterparts.

As she matured into adulthood her working life led her to encounter many prominent people in the Kenyan government.

She ran a business in Mombassa on the coast of Kenya and for a short time she and her partner worked for an ‘Aid Transportation Company’ in the port of Assab, Eritrea, where living in a tent proved to be better accommodation than the best local hotel.

Having given up her business on the Kenya coast, she and her partner left the beach resort to start a Safari Company. This move saw them visit nearly every point of interest on the map of Kenya. She was an English girl who had learned how to survive and live in Africa.

The author ‘Wendy Stanley’ shares her times of heartbreak and suffering, such as her parents separation after many years of fighting together as a team to survive in a new country that seemed like a million miles from where they had come from.

Life isn’t all heartbreak and suffering  however, Wendy also shares times of great joy, especially the joy that came with the birth of her two children and the way of life they had for more than sixty years in a country she came to adore…. her beloved Kenya.

A Novel Out of Africa




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The Full English by Mike Carden

March 12, 2012 in Books, Non Fiction, Travel

Travel Adventure - Cycling in the UKPedalling through England whilst trying to deal with a mid-life crisis and man-flu all at the same time – you just know this is the basis for a very funny and witty dialogue.
George East, the best-selling author of The Mill of the Flea series, says of the book:
… engaging, informative, entertaining and witty. This bloke makes good writing look as easy as riding a bike. I wish it was…

Funnily enough he even gives his bike a name, ‘Scott’ and an attitude, a bad one. On route from the Dorset coast to Northumbria the author indulges his passion for the history of England and engages with the locals,  meeting more than his fair share of eccentric, funny and friendly characters on the way. You will be able to see if your local landmark is included in the tally of castles and abbeys he visits as he passes through the ancient towns of England.

A Travel Adventure in the UK

Of the kind many aspire to, warm, well-observed, unpretentious, very funny… the kind of cycle tour we can all imagine ourselves taking,  at least when you are not suffering with the man-flu.

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In the ‘The Full English’, Carden (and his bike Scott) take the reader on a funny and fascinating journey from one end of England to the other. Never too weighty, but always interesting, Carden’s historical knowledge blends perfectly with his warmth and humour to provide a wonderfully human and informative read, which always hits the right note. I’m very much looking forward to his next adventure. Written by Megan Taylor on Amazon, a well known author in her own right.

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