Michael Jacobs so steeped his youth in erudition that until he was forty he didn't know who the Beatles were. He then burst from this shell and, making up for lost time, plunged into the wilder side of life. This unusual reversal gives him a unique voice, one that combines wit, warmth and wildness and seasons it with enough solid knowledge to give you confidence that you're in good hands. Ghost Train Through the Andes gives full measure of this extraordinary traveller and gifted writer. If you're not up to tramping the Atacama Desert or wandering through Bolivia on the eve of revolution, best let Michael Jacobs do it for you.
Praise for The Factory of Light
'Turbulent, tender, irreverent and funny . . . Sheer delight' (Joanne Harris, author of CHOCOLAT)
'Michael Jacobs' book does everything a book ought to do: it amuses, delights and instructs' (Chris Stewart, author of DRIVING OVER LEMONS)
'A finale worthy of Fellini' (Geraldine Cooke, Independent
'A welcome reminder that close encounters of the Mediterranean kind don't have to be all froth and bubble' (Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times)
'A journey of Chaucerian richness' (Barnaby Rogerson, Country Life
'A magical, enraptured book'
(John Walsh, Independent)
'Jacobs is one of the best writers on all things Spanish'
'The particular strength of this eloquent, unhurried tale is its depiction of the author's friendship with El Sereno . . . Theirs is a winning Quixote-Panza double act'
(Miranda France, Daily Telegraph)
(Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph)
'Skilfully weaves the journeys of grandfather and grandson, separated by almost a century... Jacobs... embraces South America with the hot, lustrous spirit of carnival'
(Tarquin Hall, New Statesman)
'A... bold and engaging family history'
(Rory McLean, Sunday Telegraph 2006-08-03)
'There is enough exoticism here to keep the most demanding armchair traveller happy'
(Anthony Sattin, The Sunday Times 2006-08-03)
'[Jacobs] ignites a curiosity about the 20th-century history of these unfamiliar sounding places, which lie in an often inhospitable landscape... However the story of Bethel and Sophie provides the impetus that makes the author pursue his goal so elegantly'
(John Mc Bratney, Irish Times 2006-08-03)
'This is a thoughtful, entertaining and well-written account of a spiritual, as well as physical, journey'
(Tony Gould, The Independent 2006-08-03)