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The Realm of the Punisher Out Now!

23 Nov

To mark the publication of my new book on the contemporary Philippines, The Realm of the Publisher, Star & Crescent has published an excerpt from it about the country’s oldest bloodsport. With illustrations by Louis Netter. Read it here.

Buy the book here and come to the launch at the Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth on Tuesday 27th November from 7pm.

 

 

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The Siege of Somerstown Part III

5 Dec

The Siege of Somerstown: Being a Portion of the Records of a General of the Fifth Hants Involuntary Air Rifles Concerning an Infantry Sortie on Behalf of the Crown and Portsmouth City Council’s Department of Colonial Warfare

After leading an infantry charge against the recalcitrant subjects of the Empire’s outer reach – or Somerstown to use the native designation – General Sir Eugene Nicks finds himself detained by the infamous headman known only as Kev. To survive he must depend on his wits, his courage and his enormous regulation moustache. Read it here.

Brand New Ivory Coast YouTube Channel

27 Nov

P1030112.JPGWe have a new, currently small but ever growing YouTube channel of never-before-seen videos from our research trip to Ivory Coast last summer. Click here for chickens escaping the jaws of crocodiles, wild monkeys jumping from roof to roof and some high-energy dancing during the animist Generations Festival.

Bradt Guide Review in Travel Africa Magazine

15 Nov

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My deepest thanks to Travel Africa Magazine for this generous review of The Bradt Guide to Ivory Coast:

‘With this guidebook, the author puts the largely unexplored Côte d’Ivoire back on the map, following a period of instability. As well as being a celebration of the country, the book also offers a lot of practical information and background that any potential traveller will find invaluable. Personal stories and anecdotes are intertwined throughout, which add some fascinating texture and observations.’

Island Cities, Coasts of Teeth Event

17 Oct
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6pm-7.30pm

Blackwell’s in Portsmouth, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF

A heady gala of both travel writing about Portsmouth and Portsmouth-based travel writers who have gone elsewhere in search of inspiration. As part of the event, Tom Sykes and Alexander Sebley will be doing a local launch of their new book Ivory Coast: The Bradt Guide. Expect tales of animist rituals, Rastafarian communes, disabled artisans’ cooperatives and risky expeditions with Ghanaian migrant fishermen.

Other performers include Sarah Cheverton (Star & Crescent, Huffington Post) and Gareth Rees (reading from his latest book Read Rees). More TBA.

Facebook group here.

Interview with bradtguides.com

8 Jul

Just two weeks to go before the Ivory Coast book comes out and here’s me chatting about it alongside pictures by Mr Alexander Sebley.

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Quoted in Digital Books Article

15 Jun

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Nice to see I’ve been quoted in this perceptive article by Piet van Niekerk about the future of travel guide publishing

New story on Duterte in Private Eye

15 Jun

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My ‘Letter from Manila’ about Duterte, vigilante crime fighting and spectacularly un-PC jokes is in the next edition of Private Eye, if anyone’s remotely interested.

Eden’s Thrill Ride

11 Jun

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My travelogue for of the delightful Pagsanjan Falls in the Philippines is right here, right now on the Selamta site:

http://www.selamtamagazine.com/stories/edens-thrill-ride

New Statesman story now online

11 Jun

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My story for New Statesman about Ivorian Rastafarians’ struggle for survival in the face of bigotry, violence and persecution is now free to view here.