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Summer of 77: Beaches, Bars & Boogie Nights in Ibiza

November 23, 2019



Robert Fear’s memoir of his summer on Ibiza is a real trip down memory lane. For those of us who recall the seventies and those who’d like to know, the flavour and colour of this memoir give a very accurate image of what life was like for a young man in those halcyon days of yore.

Written in an engaging and light-hearted style, the young Fred (as he’s known) balances making a living on Ibiza with a social life that would have had me finished, not to mention coping with the several young ladies who became enamoured of him. This was the time when love was easy, something I’d forgotten really as it wasn’t long after that the whole AIDS scare turned people’s ideas around and the notion of free love became a thing of the past. Fred also takes some exploratory trips and his descriptions of the journeys, the towns he visited, and the places he stayed are colourful and evocative of the places and time as well.

The book is interspersed with letters from home filled with the news of both his family’s activities and also of the time. They make a great ‘historical’ backcloth to his stories of island life. However, the most appealing aspect of this memoir is Fred himself, who comes across as kind, generous, charming and responsible, despite his obvious love of fun and frolics.

All in all, I enjoyed Summer of 77 very much as it often had me smiling, and sometimes chuckling out loud over Fred’s exploits. A recommended read for dreary winter days.

The link to the book is here

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  1. Robert Fear permalink

    Thank you so much for your fabulous review Val. I’m really pleased you enjoyed my memoir, its made my day. 🙂

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