Rambles with My Family (August 2017)
No ordinary family. They trip innocently into a war zone, and the story gathers pace as they flee from one hazard to the next. These perils don't end with the war as the family becomes nomadic, led by a headstrong, father. As his family ever more hopefully cling to dreams of normality, the story is both funny and tragic but always compelling.
This memoir continues from Rambles with my Family as Wendy sets out on her own rambles in a quest for new horizons and identity in a country on the verge of independence in 1963. From then on events and personalities intervene so she is again living on the edge. All this against a backdrop of the glorious Rift Valley of Kenya.
RAMBLES ON THE EDGE continues the story of Wendy’s family as they leave Kenya for new opportunities in Rhodesia at a time when the country was safe and prosperous but, unknown to them, a state of war was already brewing. They had no inkling of this at first as they adjusted to Rhodesian life and society with many novel and surprising experiences until the ferocity of what became a terrifying conflict erupted with destabilising force and the family found themselves yet again looking for a safer place to live. America offered bright prospects where, arriving as immigrants, they thought, at last, to have found the ultimate sanctuary in a country with no limit on ambition or what can be achieved with hopes raised high. Soon after they arrived a shiver ran through the nation with the Iran hostage crisis, and soon after that, the family had a crisis of their own which in this case was devastating. Throughout the narrative, Wendy observes and describes with candid humour the scenes and sensations around her in these different countries and differing circumstances.
When I started writing a memoir for my family and friends, I had no idea this small beginning would turn into three books that went onto Amazon—all selling steadily, so I get royalties, which is something I never could have imagined. My original plan on approaching DolmanScott had been merely to see if they could convert my typed manuscript into a short run of copies, and this would have been grand too. All through the publishing process, the DolmanScott service has been exceptional, with Richard Chalmers personally supervising every stage while his design team creates imaginative covers for the books and these have been much admired. Do present your writing to DolmanScott; you won't be disappointed.
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