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Book-bound and Back to Blogging…

Book-bound and Back to Blogging…

Dear Readers,

Some of you may remember me as the guy who used to send out first weekly, and then monthly blogs informing you of good books I had read, fun bookshops I had discovered, or authors I had recently been stalking.

And then I decided to write a book, and it turned out that took up quite a lot of my time.

Well, that book is not only finished, but published, printed, and available for you to buy, in both real life old-fashioned paper format, or on various eReaders for your more modern cybertechno whizzkids.

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You can enlarge your knowledge, happiness, and bookshelf by picking up a copy at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Amazon (of your choice), The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, and even in the Kindle store.

If you happen to be in the US, (where I now find myself), we can cut out the middle-man and I can get a signed copy to you if you get in touch through the COMMENTS section below.

How can you resist? It is currently the 102nd ranked book in Amazon’s general travel guides to Brazil!

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As someone who has been sharing the contents of his brain in written form for much of the past two decades, it’s fun to have an actual book out there in the world. I hope some of you will purchase a copy and enjoy the tales of my travels and adventures following sporting events and warm weather across the globe, learning languages and finding some bizarre and rewarding jobs.

About a third of it is about football/soccer, but if you’re not a fan don’t let that put you off, the rest of it makes up for the sports content with trivia about everything from Portuguese history to Brazilian sexuality, and lots of ruminating on the fascinating topic of the differences between languages.

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With that out the way, I am excited to return to (semi)-regular bookblog output: I have around 18months’ worth of Books Bought & Read lists to update you on, and since I have recently moved to the glorious, unknown pastures of Brooklyn, New York, I shall be bringing you news of literary goings ons here, including a guide to my favourite bookshops in the NY area.

It’s good to be back!

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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in BOOKS

 

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137. Still here, still reading…

137. Still here, still reading…

Sorry it has been so long since I said hi, but my once-weekly chats with you have been curtailed somewhat by a combination of travel, work to pay for travel, and trying to get my first book finished in the next month or so in order a) to get it to the people who have already ordered it (and those still to order it) sometime this decade, and b) to have it done before Portuguese Summer kicks in, and I have to make the agonising decision between sleeping on the beach and slaving over a hot Mac.

I don’t suppose a photo of me reading on a camel would placate your undoubted anger at my extended absence?

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No? Oh well, it was worth a try.

Suffice to say that the book is going well, and there are only about five chapters left to go before the minor work of proof-reading, editing, formatting, cover-designing, printing and distributing.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this thought with you: as both a traveller and a reader, it is sometimes the smallest things which surprise, delight or infuriate me about cultural literary norms, and one of them which occurred to me recently was book spines in the Portuguese speaking world.

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Firstly, in Portugal book titles and authors are usually printed on the spines in the opposite direction to the way I am used to in most of the rest of the world: to be read with the book horizontal and the front cover on top. This means that I have to read rows of books in market stalls from the wrong direction…except, even worse than that, the rule doesn’t hold for all books, so I find myself twisting my neck backwards and forwards in order to rapidly run my gaze over the titles on offer.

How we suffer for our passions…

Even more bizarrely is the fact that whilst in Salvador de Bahía, Brasil, I discovered that books were arranged alphabetically by author’s name…but by their first name!!

The world truly is a varied and wonderful place!

I’ll be back soon with some rather belated monthly reading and buying lists/recommendations: until then, feel free to send words of encouragement to get me over the finishing line of literary completion, and if you haven’t ordered the book yet, it’s never too late!

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in BOOKS

 

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133. Welcome to 2015: in which I publish a book…

133. Welcome to 2015: in which I publish a book…

After over a decade of writing for fun and friends, for the love of literature and and for magazines not money, I finally decided to see if people wanted me to write a proper book, and whether they would pay for it.

I set up a Kickstarter page to crowd-fund a book, and less than two months later my project is fully funded, and I now have two months or so to finish the actual book.

This is possibly the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.

As I promised my many backers, I drew up a rough Contents to give them an idea of what to expect when their letterbox clangs in March, and here it is: if you are tempted, you have three days left to join the crowd and get your name in the back of the potential Pulitzer Prizing winning work, (potential in that it will be a piece of printed material, and therefore at the very least eligible for the Pulitzer. I think).

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BENFICA TO BRAZIL: ordinary worldwide travel

Contents

Introduction: in which our hero explains why he supports Southend United. (There is really only one feasible explanation, as you will see.)

Ch.1: Berlin, Germany, 2006: in which our hero gets three jobs and sneaks into as many World Cup matches as he can.

Ch.2: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Opening Match: in which our hero arrives in town with no tickets, no friends, and a hotel which possibly doesn’t exist.

Ch.3: Barcelona, Spain, 2005:  in which our hero learns Spanish.

Ch.4: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 1, Spain vs Holland: in which our hero sees grown men cry.

Ch.5: Lisbon, Portugal, 2014: in which our hero makes the best sporting choice of his life

Ch.6: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 2, Germany vs Portugal: in which our hero confuses a lot of people with his jerseys and languages.

Ch.7: Aix-en-Provence, France 1998: in which our hero misses his first World Cup, but still has the time of his life.

Ch.8: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 3, France vs Switzerland: in which our hero sees a lot of goals.

Ch.9: London, England, 2012: in which our hero helps out with the Olympics, discovers the greatest sport ever invented, and is given an award by the Queen of Britain. Kind of.

Ch.10: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 4, Iran vs Bosnia: in which our hero fails to complete one of his collections.

Ch.11: 2000-2014: Fiorentina, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oita, Japan; NY, USA: in which our hero travels around the world, collecting teams as he goes.

Ch.12: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 5, USA vs Belgium: in which our hero welcomes a visitor.

Ch.13: Cape Town, S.Africa, 2010: in which our hero sees nine World Cup matches and survives The Bus of Doom.

Ch.14: Salvador, Brazil, 2014, Game 6, The Netherlands vs Costa Rica: in which our hero boos Arjen Robben, and the world falls in love with the Ticos.

Ch.15: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011: in which our hero gives up being vegetarian, and visits the ground of his patriotic enemy.

Ch.16: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2014, The Final: in which our hero may or may not finally get a ticket to watch the World Cup Final.

Conclusion: in which our hero concludes.

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I hope that sparks your interest: feel free to visit the Kickstarter page to get further details or, if you are reading this after the campaign has ended, look out for the book in your local bookshop!

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2015 in BOOKS

 

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