Category Archives: Books and Travel

On the Red Hill by Mike Parker

Mike Parker and his partner, Peredur, are overwhelmed when they discover that their elderly friends, George and Reg, have bequeathed their beautiful house in mid- Wales, Rhiw Goch, to them. They had in fact been caring for their friends during … Continue reading

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Slava Ukraini! Heroyam Slava! Borderlands, a Journey through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid

Anna Reid’s history of the Ukraine, Borderland, is a must for anyone visiting this huge and complex country. As the Kiev correspondent for the Economist and the Daily Telegraph from 1993 to 1995, Anna Reid was close to the political … Continue reading

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Am Fluss- River- by Esther Kinsky

A woman of indeterminate age arrives in an area of East London, near to the River Lea. We know little about her, nor why she’s come there, but she spends her days walking with no particular plan along the river, … Continue reading

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10 Books to read about Colombia

When I was planning my trip to Colombia this year  a common observation was ‘is it safe now? What about all the drugs and violence?’ It is true that Colombia has known several decades of violence in which thousands of … Continue reading

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Short walks from Bogota-Journeys in the New Colombia- Tom Feiling

Contrary to what the title might suggest this is not a walking guide, but a book about contemporary Colombia. Its author,Tom Feiling, is something of an expert on the country, having worked for the TUC in a previous life as … Continue reading

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The Robber of Memories- a River Journey through Colombia by Michael Jacobs

This is the story of Michael Jacobs’ journey along the river Magdalena in Colombia, from Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast upstream to its source in the high mountain moorlands of the Páramo de las Papas. The journey and the river … Continue reading

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The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

This carefully plotted collection of short stories is set in and around Cali, one of Colombia’s largest cities, and an area which saw some of the worst violence in the recent troubled decades. The protagonists come from a wide range … Continue reading

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