In these days of Kindles and other electronic book readers, it seems that the book as we traditionally know it, is on the wain. As a collector, it means that there is less available for me, however, technology has a way to go before it can match the beauty, feel, weight and wonderful smell, that a proper book has. A book is a thing of beauty – full of undiscovered pleasures, and something to be treasured, and being well read, is something I am proud of….
I have never classed myself as a writer, but have published a couple of books – one is a bit of a travel guide, the other covers my local area, and is more of a photographic essay of the county I found myself living in.
For this shameless bit of self promotion, I might as well give you a few more details:
The first, is Leicestershire – Love, Light & Land
This book contains 114 pages of beautiful photography, 192 separate images – and would be a beautiful present for any resident or lover of the counties of Rutland or Leicestershire – It was aimed at being a hard copy ‘coffee table’ book, and those who have copies, seem delighted by it, despite the high price, from the feedback I have had.
My second offering was marketed as a general reader – and entitled “Bangkok – 48 hours in a city of contrasts“.
“Stranded for a couple of days? Fancy a stopover? Perhaps you want a City break…Whatever the reasons, why not get a camera out and make the best of it.
Your author found himself in a city with no map, no language skills, no idea where to go or what to do. He had no prior knowledge of the city or its culture, so thought, why not just go for broke and explore? He did this in Bangkok, and found something wonderful which opened his eyes and made him appreciate his lot generally.
Narrative is brief, and you are left to look at the images and form your own opinions for the most part, but 70 images tell their own story about Bangkok from something much deeper than just a tourist standpoint.
A travel guide? No. A journey worth sharing? Maybe!
Written with the traveler in mind, and fruit for the photographer, or those simply inquisitive who fancy something a little different in mind. Wherever you sit, you will find much to go see if you share the authors journey with him, and plenty of ideas to use in whichever city you end up in, but this concentrates on Bangkok – warts and all – a city of amazing contrasts…..”
For the interested, these are available from Blurb – whos software I found very intuitive and easy to use. Copies of both will be available, signed by myself, from the gallery when it opens. If I can, I’ll try and do something about reducing the prices too….