Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Round the Bend by Alistair McGuinnes

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Virtual Author Book Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Allistair McGuinness had done something most of us can only dream of, myself included!  

He left the rat race and travelled all over the world.  

round the bend cover


This adventure story captures the reality and exhilaration of leaving home to undertake Gap Year travel (thru forced redundancy) in South America, Africa, Fiji and Australia.

Three things happened simultaneously:
The lioness charged, Alistair fled across the parched savannah and his wife screamed for him to run faster. Stuffed deep inside his tattered rucksack was a guidebook containing advice on what to do in wildlife emergencies, which he planned to read if he survived the next thirty seconds.

Future plans to climb Kilimanjaro, teach English in the Amazon and live in Australia were temporarily forgotten as he turned to face the pouncing lioness, thinking back to the words of advice from his mother-in-law. "Don't do anything silly, and look after Francine."

You may find yourself getting out the world map when you start reading this book! Course you may find yourself laughing out loud quite a bit as well! This is a great tale of seizing the day (with an amiable spouse, of course) and living a dream of traveling the world, before they checked out Australia, to see if they wanted to emigrate there (no looking out windows in December, because you can't get outside!). 

This is a very quick read, and sure to lift any left over winter blahs and urge on your Spring get-away fever!

About the Author:
Alistair grew up in the UK in a town called Luton, which lies 30 miles north of London. Family holidays were spent in County Donegal, Ireland, staying with his Grandmother in their large family home where she had once raised fifteen children.It was these annual trips that made Alistair realize his Great Uncles were SeanachaĆ­s (Irish story tellers). After a few pints of Guinness in the family bar, brothers Barney and Francis would entertain the evening crowds with their recitations of life in rural Ireland. As their rustic voices carried across the crowded room, Alistair would watch and listen as the animated tales mesmorised the overseas visitors.

44 countries and four decades later, Alistair now calls Australia home and in the tradition of Great Uncles Barney and Francis, loves to recite stories. He lives between the beach and the forest with his wife, two young boys and a fun puppy called Peppi. After decades of adventurous escapades Alistair is calming down and has decided to write more and bungee jump less! He works as a Business Improvement Specialist and has just spent three years as a fly in fly out employee at a remote iron ore mine site in Western Australia. As a trainer and facilitator, he has worked in Europe and Australia and is passionate about helping people and organisations to become successful. Check out his website for more.



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