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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia by Michael Jacobs I had this book on loan from my local library because the title and blurb piqued my interest. It sat unread until it was recalled after several renews. Eventually, I purchased the Kindle version when I found the courage to pick it up and start reading. My father was robbed of his memory as was the author’s own father. At the time of travelling his mother was also suffering from dementia. Even after several years since my father’s passing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a travel book that would inevitably delve into the subject of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In The Robber of Memories (£), Michael Jacobs follows Colombia’s Rio Magdalena from the sea to source. The river is so central to Colombian identity, embodying the spirit…

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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

This is the first in a series of book reviews from my travel bookshelf. Like most photographers, I prefer to be behind my Nikon than in front of it and I have an aversion to selfies. That’s not to say I’m against selfies; if that’s your style then go for it. You can tell a lot about people by their selfies. Just look at the different styles on Instagram. Many bloggers and Instagrammers feel it is a way to connect with their readers and followers and engage with them. Likewise, you can tell a lot about people by the books they read and like. So that is how I choose to reveal some of who I am by the books I like (and dislike) in Gordon’s Shelfie. First up… The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell Helen was editor…

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More from the bookshelf

More from the bookshelf

It’s some time since I wrote about the reading matter on my bookshelf. This time I have chosen a novel, a guide, a How to… book and a personal account of a journey. First though guest reviewer Lizelle looks at a Shaun Ellis’ book about Wolves. The Wolf Within: How I Learned to Talk Wolf – Shaun Ellis with Penny Junor Animals and the hierarchy of the pack have always interested me so when I saw Wolf Within: How I learnt to talk dog I had to have it and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Through his “living with Wolves”, many of my own nascent thoughts on their behaviour were verified. The hierarchical system he observes within the wolf pack could well be used by us humans in our living together in a more harmonious way. The story of his…

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Not For Parents

Not For Parents

In 2002 Nestle ran an advertising campaign for Yorkie, a chunky milk chocolate bar available almost exclusively in the UK, with the tagline “It’s Not For Girls”. It immediately stirred up controversy but, as Nestle hoped, sales increased dramatically (30% in the first 12 weeks) and a large proportion of those were female. No doubt many were curious to see what was so special about the macho chocolate. So when I received two books, Australia, Everything you ever wanted to know and Great Britain, Everything you wanted to know, from guidebook publisher Lonely Planet with “Not For Parents” stamped across the front I immediately wanted to open it. I ignored the warning and checking that there were no children around to see me reading I surreptitiously took a peek, first in one and then the other book. I am old enough to…

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Off my bookshelf

Off my bookshelf

I not only like to travel I like to read about travel too. My bookshelves are full of travel related books, not just guidebooks. These are a selection I have taken from my bookshelves to share with you. Bodyguard: My Life on the Front Line – Craig Summers I initially picked this book up when looking for a novel to read. The cover and jacket grabbed me. Reading the blurb I realised my mistake but decided to read a bit anyway. It turned out to be one of those books you can’t wait to pick up again. While not strictly a travel book it relates the travels of Craig Summer, the fixer, bodyguard and get journalists out of trouble or rather prevent them getting into it in the first place. For most of the book he works for the BBC…

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