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Wish You Were Here – holiday memories: an anthology of travel stories curated by Alyson Sheldrake

February 4, 2022

This is the third of Alyson Sheldrakes travel book series, and I am admitting up front to a clear bias because I not only have a story included in it, I was also involved in its pre-production. But, my chapter is just one of twenty, and I can say without hesitation the other nineteen are an absolute feast of wonderful experiences and writing.

Like everyone else, I’ve missed my opportunities to travel over the past two years, which naturally makes me nostalgic about the good times pre-Covid. What these chapters give you are the extra special memories the authors have of unique holidays or trips they’ve taken in the past. From a beautiful love story in Paris to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos islands; from the innocence of childhood holidays in the UK to a confrontational and emotional trip to Kenya as a money mule; from dodging the security police behind the Iron Curtain in Ukraine to an impulsive weekend trip to Hong Kong. And there are more. The range and diversity of these memorable holidays is phenomenal and each one is a captivating, engaging and well-written story in which the authors share the delights or the downsides of their chosen trip. In some, the joy is inspiring and uplifting; in others, the emotions are raw and heartrending. This anthology will take you through a rainbow of feelings as well as locations.

Alyson Sheldrake, who has curated the book, has done a wonderful job of collating, editing and organising the chapters into the best possible sequence. She has also ensured the book is a pleasure to read with its photos of each contributor, and their background and books at the end of their chapter. Altogether it’s a real treasure to read and to behold.

I can definitely recommend treating yourselves and enjoying twenty different holidays from the comfort of your chair.

The link to the book on Amazon is here

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  1. I’l definitely be getting this one at some stage as I really enjoyed the Chasing the Dream Anthology. I want to get Itchy Feet too. I know I’m retired but even I struggle to find the time to read everything I want to. *Sighs*

    • This’ll make you laugh, Val, I went to look at Itchy Feet on Amazon only to be told I already own it. LOL I’d be dangerous if I had a brain cell…

      • Oh how funny, Cath. I do know how it goes, though. I can’t keep up with all the books I’ve already got!

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