Beneath a Wide Sky: Hampstead and its Environs
Hampstead is high above central London yet not far from it. With its fresh air and other attractions, the locality has been attracting people from all walks of life from all over London and elsewhere over several centuries. This book takes a fresh look at Hampstead (and its environs) from prehistoric times to the present day. Many aspects of the area, which have not found their way into earlier books about Hampstead, are included in this volume. The author, who has known and visited the area over many decades, examines it from viewpoints both familiar and unfamiliar, and shows why it is in many ways unique, always fascinating, and sometimes surprising. By reading this book, you can find out why John Constable, Samuel Johnson, Boy George, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, Peter Sellers, Henry Moore, Maxim Litvinov, General de Gaulle, Stanley Spencer, Thomas Masaryk, Lee Miller, Agatha Christie, Jim Henson, Ian Flemming, Ernő Goldfinger, and many others, both famous and familiar, were all connected with Hampstead.
Indian freedom fighters in Edwardian London: 1905-1910
This is a true tale of bombs, guns, lawyers, patriots, philosophers, revolutionaries, and scholars. It concerns a little known part of the history of India’s long struggle for independence. A large Victorian house stands in a residential street in the north London suburb of Highgate. Between 1905 and 1910, it was known as ‘India House’, and was a meeting place and hostel for Indian students, many of whom wished to help liberate India from centuries of British domination.In the 19th and 20th centuries before India’s independence, many young Indians came to England to be educated. This is the story of a few of them, who came to Britain in the early 20th century, and then risked sacrificing their freedom, prospects, and lives by becoming involved in India’s freedom struggle. This book describes the true adventurous exploits of members of Highgate’s India House (including Shyamji Krishnavarma, VD Savarkar, Madan Lal Dhingra, and VVS Aiyar) and its history.
IMPRISONED IN INDIA
This true story spans three continents * It concerns the adventures of an educated South African, who was captured by the British during the Boer war (1899-1902) * The prisoner of war (POW) was imprisoned in what was then British India. Whilst in Captivity, he visited Indian localities such as Madras, Trichinopoly, Kolar, Amritsar, and Bangalore. Being observant, he made notes on what he experienced. His observations form the centrepiece of this book * The POW’s descriptions of Bangalore in 1901 are particularly detailed, and will fascinate anyone who knows the city today * This book will appeal to anyone interested in the histories of South Africa and/or India
TRAVELS THROUGH GUJARAT, DAMAN, AND DIU
This is a richly illustrated description of travels in Gujarat and its former Portuguese colonies, Daman and Diu. It introduces the reader to this lesser-known part of India in an illuminating and entertaining narrative. The author and his wife met many people, who gave them their insightful views about Gujarat’s past, present, and future. Discover the land where Krishna ascended to heaven and Mahatma Gandhi was born, and much more…
This informative travel book offers a new look at Albania: its valiant people, its intriguing history, its wonderful landscapes, and its myriad attractions. The author, who first visited the country in 1984 when it was ruled by a Stalinist dictatorship, rediscovers Albania now that it has become a democracy.
SOAP TO SENATE: A GERMAN JEW AT THE DAWN OF APARTHEID
He escaped from prejudice in Germany only to re-discover it in his adopted homeland south of the Equator. The story of a man who tried to combat the racist legislation in South Africa during the first 3 decades of the 20th century.
GOING WITHOUT THE FLOW
The author describes his experience of prostate disease and its treatment in order to allay the fears and phobias of others, who, like him, anticipate medical treatment with dread.
EXODUS TO AFRICA
Stories of the migration of Jewish people from Europe to southern Africa between 1849 and 1949.
FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY
A beautifully illustrated book about the Sicilian Arbëreshë: the Albanians who have been living in Sicily for over 500 years.
BETWEEN OLYMPUS AND AEGEAN
Travel overland through the Balkans to Greece with the professor and his wife in 1975 and their caravan, avoiding campsites. Camping holidays studying desert ants and drinking Martini in the shadow of Mount Olympus with Margaret and Robert Harkness.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAVED TO ME
Travels over 3 continents during the 1950s, ’60s, & ’70s, and why did Charlie Chaplin wave to the author?
SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ
Yugoslavia as it was before its break-up in the 1990s. Personal memories of a lost era humorously and affectionately recalled… once upon a time in Yugoslavia.
ALBANIA ON MY MIND
Visiting Enver Hoxha’s isolationist Albania in 1984. A reader wrote: “ I enjoyed your book very much. I couldn’t put your book down. Your writing style is , concise and very focused. your narrative brought back many memories. Although the events were unfortunate in Albania your descriptions brought a smile in my face. I have lived through that regime and I can relate to all the stories in your book. I am recommending this book to my husband and my children”.
ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE
Dodgy dealings in the Orange Free State . Barely balancing on a financial tight-rope in 19th century southern Africa… a tale of debt and deception.
A young boy from Bavaria travels across the Equator to the Cape Colony, and becomes rich rapidly in. However, being wealthy is not without its hazards…