Category Archives: Books and Travel

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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10 books to read about Peru

Here is a personal whistle stop tour of some books I read about Peru which helped me understand that vast and complex country a little better: Andes by Michael Jacobs is travel writing at its very best. The book describes … Continue reading

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At Night We Walk in Circles- Daniel Alarcon

This latest novel by Daniel Alarcón brings another dimension to the portrayal of contemporary Peru seen in his brilliant short story collection ‘War by Candlelight’ : the villages of the Andes where ‘the thin air is magical’ and ‘everything is a … Continue reading

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Summer reading, summer loving?

The annual mid July Guardian article on the summer reading choices of the great and good literati provoked the usual mixture of interest, awe, and even disbelief chez moi and friends. How were they going to find time on holiday … Continue reading

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Reading in Cambodia

Reading some background to the country seemed essential when planning a trip to Cambodia this January 2014 because of the devastation suffered by the country during the Pol Pot Regime in the 1970s, from which it is still recovering. However, … Continue reading

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