'An intriguing tale by a former foreign correspondent who followed his dream and built a hotel on a lake in a remote part of Poland. In the post-Communist era John Borrell found himself battling old style corruption and intimidation. As this elegantly written book shows, he eventually triumphed and continues to live the dream' --James MacManus, author of On the Broken Shore and Language of the Sea 'This is not simply another foreigner-makes-home-abroad story. Borrell was for many years a foreign correspondent for TIME and he writes with a reporter's keen eye for detail on his battle against corruption while building a lodge, and a new life, on a beautiful lake in northern Poland' --Alan Cowell, author of The Terminal Spy and New York Times Paris correspondent 'A deft weave of reporting, history and personal anecdotes, John Borrell's account of the travails, drama and misadventures of creating a luxury lodge in post-Communist Poland reads like a novel - one that could only have been lived, and written, by a consummate foreign correspondent' --Allen Pizzey, CBS News foreign correspondent
About the Author
British-born John Borrell grew up in New Zealand where he became a journalist, aged eighteen. He worked as a foreign correspondent for nearly three decades, covering wars in Africa, the Middle East and Central America for TIME and other newspapers and broadcasters. After reporting on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, he gave up journalism in 1992 to build a new life on a lake in northern Poland. He and his Polish wife have run their award-winning lodge ever since. Borrell has also established three other businesses, including a local newspaper. He speaks Polish.