28 DAYS IN SRI LANKA
On the island of Sarandīb good fortune is rarely accidental…
We arrived two weeks before Christmas hoping to give Santa a miss. Kate would watch elephants while I searched for the perfect cup of Ceylon tea. Together we’d visit temples, ancient cities, and relax on a quiet beach.
We found ourselves on a tour bus with nine Brits – only a week before the British general election. Pray they were here for the exotic scenery, the authentic curries, the colourful wildlife, and not to talk about – brrr – politics.
Twenty-Eight Days in Sri Lanka is a light-hearted journey around the highlights of this culturally complex country. If you ever wanted to know why the tooth of Buddha is so important, what happens in a tea factory, or how elephants detect earthquakes, then read on.
If ancestry is a story then truth may be an unhappy ending…
When amateur genealogist Rob Banks travels to the remote town of Meredith in the north of England he hopes to research his mother’s father. His mum never knew her dad, yet she believes he was the local doctor – surely a well-respected man?
Seventy years earlier, Dr Robert Lachlan faces a dilemma of morals and medicine. No matter what course he chooses, he will hurt his loved ones and change his life.
This is a tale of two men in different times. A grandfather whose deeds still haunt his descendants; a grandson searching for his ancestor’s secrets.
Sometimes you have to see through history to discover who you are.
ONE HUNDRED DAYS IN SAMOA
We were all set for paradise. But was paradise ready for us?
We came to Samoa fleeing winter. Kate would teach at a local school and I would write a travel blog. Life would be sweet and good things would happen to us. We’d swim in the ocean, spend a night in a traditional fale, and cycle around the island.
What we didn’t expect was the onslaught of barking dogs, taxi horns and Zumba classes. Nor the antics of our visiting friends, Ted with his cast iron beer gut and Teresa with her purple swimming cap. We’d have to adapt if we were to survive.
Amusing, colourful and sometimes downright unbelievable, One Hundred Days in Samoa is the story of how two expats cope with living on a South Pacific island and return enriched by their experience.