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Product details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480154539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480154537
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hi there. Thanks for your interest in me and my first eBook: The Travel Auction. It’s both exciting and nerve-wracking to think that strangers will be reading my work and forming opinions about it’s worth. Although it’s a work of fiction, the book’s journey through Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil is the same trip I made with my girlfriend Nicky (who is now my wife) in the autumn of 2007. I’ve always wanted to write, but I struggled academically in my early years. I left school at sixteen to train as an apprentice electrician and with some hard work I ended up with my own project management business. But by the age of thirty-two I became disillusioned with the soulless nature of the construction industry, so I took some time out to pursue my passion for creativity. I enrolled on a Master of Arts degree in screenwriting at Bournemouth University and since graduating I’ve tailored pretty much everything in my life around making time to write. The idea for The Travel Auction came to me late in the summer of 2006. I’d paid for two airline tickets to visit a friend in Qatar, but found myself minus a girlfriend to accompany me. I tried to change the name on the spare ticket, but it was too near the departure date and the travel company wouldn’t offer a refund. It struck me that I might have an interesting premise for a book or film script. When I’m not writing or working at several quirky jobs to pay the bills, I like to relax by competing in the high adrenalin sport of Australian surf boat racing. Thanks for looking me up, I hope you enjoy reading my book. Please consider writing a review – good, bad or indifferent, it’s always useful to know what readers think. If you’d like to get in touch please email me at: md_green@btinternet.com

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Although initially sceptical about the plot, I was immediately engaged by the style of writing: both witty and energetic and full of the excitement needed to keep you engaged. Not in the least predictable and totally convincing as we experience life through the eyes of the traveller.
I will most definitely be recommending this to my friends. An amazing first novel. can't wait to read more!
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Loved this book. It was funny, poignant, sweet and heartwarming. The descriptions were great and I really believed JC's every word and thought. Two really interesting characters, and the last few pages had me cringing behind my hands in a good way. There were a couple of bits I would have done differently if I had had the imagination to write such a book in the first place, but they certainly didn't spoil my enjoyment. Well done Mark, will look out for your other work.
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Just come back from a week's holiday and this was something I downloaded on my Kindle beforehand.

Not a regular Rom Com reader but having enjoyed a previous trip around S America (Peru and Inca trail) I was intrigued by the context in which the story played out. The book is a light-hearted, easy read and I breezed through it in a couple of days. It doesn't claim any literary pretensions and I wasn't looking for any. Instead, I got exactly what the book said on the fly-leaf - a page-turning romp about two contrasting individuals thrown together in unusual circumstances (somewhat implausible but hey a story can involve a degree of suspension of belief.)

It's never less than entertaining with a couple of laugh out loud moments. Perfect reading for the beach towel.
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This book was such a different idea, I really liked the sound of it. It certainly started very well but, in the later stages, lost momentum for me. The main character has a trip booked travelling around South America with his girlfriend but, unfortunately, she dumps him. He isn't able to get a refund and can't change the name on the ticket so he comes up with the idea of advertising on ebay for a travel companion and anyone named Kate Thornly can apply. I found this a good idea for a book, different to anything I had read before, refreshing. There are some comedy moments where he is sifting through the replies of the various Kate Thornly's and one is a pensioner, one is currently going through gender reassignment surgery etc. so the book seemed like it was going to be a real hoot. Jonathan was unable to travel alone as he had a peanut allergy so he needed someone who could help with the injection pen. He also says he needed someone to 'taste his food' to make sure it wasn't going to pose a problem to him, ie. that it didn't contain nuts: This was one thing I didn't understand-how can anyone tell by tasting a food if it contains nuts because some foods contain traces of nuts and you can't taste them, I would think you just have to check labels and know the main culprits but perhaps someone can enlighten me? Anyway, that bit I found didn't quite ring true. Another thing I thought wasn't very plausible was that lots of characters that met the two main ones kept coming up with phrases like: 'Oh aren't you the couple from the ebay advert'-I find it incredible that so many people would have known about and seen the listing. There are a few errors in the book eg.Read more ›
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Picked this up after seeing other reviews. After an unlikely but very amusing opening the story unfolded into a sometimes laugh out loud travelogue combined with a Will they/won't they Romcom. Unusually for me I found myself really caring what happened to both characters. It would have been nice to know how things were resolved with Pete and KT 1. I believe this is debut novel and if so it would suggest a great future for Mark Green
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I enjoyed this book as it depicted south american travel so vividly and in an amusing way. I didn't want to finish it but devoured the story in long sessions. I would love to see this story made into a film on location.
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By R B W on 25 Oct. 2013
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Even though this book is written in a rather immature fashion with lots of silly things in it, I found it fairly entertaining, I quite liked some of the dynamics from the two central characters and the way it appeared to be jointly written by the same. However, it fell short on a lot of fronts. Of course, hardly anyone in the world would have seen the advertisement put on ebay, let alone virtually everyone they meet in South America, regardless of nationality. The guy who has the nut allergy and needs a "nut taster" cannot even taste nuts himself and has a near death experience when he eats fish and chips cooked in nut oil, so how on earth could anyone else taste nuts, or traces of nuts in foods, especially in meals that they would never have tasted before. Then to cap it all, the celebrity status that these two intrepid travellers reach is beyond ridiculous. For example, an American doctor working in Bolivia, asks for their autographs so that he can show it to his kids back in the US to improve his "street cred." The real value of their story is about the 99p that I paid for it, not the thousands and thousands that the so called media were desperate to pay for it. Yes it's OK.
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