Few people knew the vast Okavango Delta better than Willie Phillips. He first ventured into the swamps to hunt crocodile in 1958, aged only 22. Here he learnt the bush skills that would serve him well as the first non-white professional hunter in Botswana. He gained a reputation as competent, tough and quirky, and his clients returned regularly. He later became a conservationist, championing causes to protect his beloved Delta. His first job was as a bricklayer. Then he bought a truck, delivering goods along the sand tracks that passed as roads.
The title of the book, '...An Everlasting Renown' is from Alexander's speech to his army before the Battle on the Granicus against the Persians. In context it read 'it is a noble thing to live with courage and to die leaving An Everlasting Renown.' Jason, the narrator of Alexander's life is fiction, the better to follow in detail Alexander's great epic campaign through the Middle East, Central Asia and on to India.
The 1745 Rebellion and the Southern Scottish Lowlands is a detailed analysis of the causes, events and consequences of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46, with particular emphasis on the Lowlands' response to Prince Charles Edward's attempt to restore the Stuart dynasty to the throne of England, Scotland and her Empire. Beginning with a brief chronology of the 1745 rebellion, MacRobert proceeds to explore the legal and structural weaknesses within the Scottish administration that helped to facilitate the initial success of Prince Charles Edward's campaign.
Twentieth Century Girl and Other Stories is a collection of enchanting tales and poetry.
25 Years A Lifetime at Sea is an engaging and interesting memoir of a former seaman in the Merchant Navy. The author was inspired to write the book after borrowing a tape relating to the pre-sea training school Vindicatrix in Sharpness which he had attended before joining the Merchant Navy in 1961 at the age of seventeen. Training in the catering arm and becoming a sea cook starting on the lowest rung as a ‘catering boy’ the book gives a descriptive account and a detailed insight into the operation of the merchant ships during the three decades covered by the memoir.
419' is a confidence trick known as 'advanced fee fraud'. The victim is asked to join a business venture to provide capital for a scheme that will make money, fast. They are then asked for more and more money and once they finally realise they have been scammed, the criminals have absconded with their money. As the investment is illicit, the victim cannot go to the police; the perpetrators are then free to carry on with their scam. The 419 Code is the incredible true story of Baaba, one of the first to run the scam, and coin the name.
"I wander through the mists of pain, with naught to do but go insane. With thoughts all twisted and surreal, my senses seem to sway and reel".
Please accept my invitation to a personal journey that saw me shed the male cloak of certainty, only to be pitched headlong into the fascinating and frustrating world of awareness and enlightenment where logic no longer applies. My journey comes in two parts. The first part deals with the actual awakening and subsequent happenings up to the present day, while the second part is where the 'new me' revisits bygone years and looks at events which made me the person I used to be before I was confronted by fate. I know that I am now a better man.
A Boy From Nowhere (Volume 1 of 2) is the true, dramatic, but easy reading, life story of a man's rise from poverty to prosperity commencing with a description of the hard times of the 1920-1930's which existed in the backstreets and slums of London's East End Docklands.
This book is the sequel to Volume One of A Boy From Nowhere which was released in the latter part of 2007. This is Volume Two which was released in September 2008 and of course continues from where the narrative ended in Volume One. For those who read Volume One then I would suggest that this book should be read because otherwise the whole story is incomplete. I had sufficient feedback and publicity on radio, various publications, as well as by direct contact, to know that the first part of my story of a boy's rise, against all odds, from poverty to prosperity was well received.