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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456445391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456445393
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Mike Gerrard was born in St Helens in northern England, and after two false starts as an accountant and then as a teacher, moved to London. There he worked for the literary agent Deborah Rogers before leaving to pursue his own writing career. Since then he has written or contributed to over 30 travel guidebooks, been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide, written three radio plays for the BBC, presented a BBC Radio 4 programme about Egypt, and publishes the Pacific Coast Highway Travel website: www.Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com. He also recently completed his first crime novel. He divides his time between Cambridgeshire in England and Green Valley in Arizona, with his wife the travel writer Donna Dailey.

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What a pleasure to read such well crafted stories in an age of sound bites and restaurant recommendations. A thoroughly enjoyable book and an incentive to check out some of the places Mike writes about. Reading this made me look up some of his other travel writings and I'm now hooked on reading his Pacific-coast-highway.com website - a must for anyone planning a trip to the Pacific Coast area of the USA - and I have just bought a few of his Guide Books to places in Europe that are on my planned list of vacation spots. Now I see he has written a novel as well,"Strip Till Dead" - wonder if it's travel based? Only one way to find out I suppose ....
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A wonderfully varied array of trips and holidays come vividly to life in this collection. They cover the world and include a whole spectrum of contrasting places and experiences. Mike Gerrard writes about all of them with compassion, humour and insight from his own first-hand knowledge. The writing is a real pleasure to read, too.
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Writing is a skill; travel writing is even more demanding, for not only do you have to observe, record and understand, but you then have to translate all that into something that others will be drawn into, and be inspired, entertained and educated by.

The skills of travel writing don't come easily, or in a matter of days, weeks, or months. There's years of hard graft, honing grammatical idiosyncrasies, eliminating anything that is unnecessary, and then polishing the whole thing to perfection.

Read Mike Gerrard, and learn from him.
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I would thoroughly recommend Mike Gerrard's 'Snakes Alive' collection of his own lively and much-published travel features to anyone who would love to travel more, or wants to write about their own experience. Many of the pieces are object lessons in how to capture the spirit of a place without hype or exaggeration, in an accessible and fluent style. As well as inspiration, there are also plenty of down-to-earth details for the would-be traveller. As a travel writer myself, ( Travelling Light: Short Stories & Travel Writing to Take You Away From it All ) and where my own travels have corresponded with Mike Gerrard's (Sinai, Jamaica, France . . .)I found myself nodding and smiling at the truth of his observations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like you are there 5 Nov. 2013
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I enjoyed Mike's easy read style where he made you feel as if you were right along with him on the trip. I'm going to find a few more of his works to read.
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