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Now I did a lot thinking during what I refer to as my 'blind episode' and made the decision of making up with my estranged dad. Our relationship had over the years been a challenge. We always seemed to fall out, finally ending in us not talking for eight years.
Reconciliation initiated, my wife played taxi and dropped me to his place on a weekly basis. We'd sit together in his beloved garden, slurping coffee and laughing like we'd never been apart. I purposely swung the conversation to Kenya and he obliged by filling in the details of those missing years. Escaping my stepmother and the UK for a new life in Africa, a new career as a drug smuggler, a twenty year old Kenyan girlfriend, a four year old son and sentenced to a notorious African prison - He had been busy. I couldn't wait for each week to pass and another instalment of his African adventure. I was hooked.
"Dad, when I get my sight back I will write your story"
June 2010 , the very talented, unassuming team at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London restored partial vision in one eye.
Life back on track, back to work and a book to write.
Flying Cats and Flip Flips was published on January 22nd 2013,
Top Customer Reviews
The horror of a foreign prison wasn't made a lot of, it was told matter of factly, and often light heartedly. This made it an easy read, but because I felt it was his own fault he was there, it did nothing to increase my empathy. I wouldn't say I laughed out loud, but perhaps snorted once or twice. This was down to the writing rather than the events.
I have to say that the main character completely redeemed himself for me in the end, and I wanted to cheer, taking heart that his experiences actually served a deep and meaningful purpose, despite being self inflicted. This is certainly a writer I would like to see more from in the future, as his skill is admirable.
Genre: Non-fiction, Cultural, Memoir, Travel, Africa, Crime
Summary: This is the story of Terry Johnson. A middle-aged man with who takes a vacation to Kenya, only to realize this was more than just a vacation – it was a love affair with a different kind of life, a different kind of freedom – one that he longs to experience again, for a longer time. The vacation makes him realize he could either lead a monotonous life tending to his garden, while trying to stay out of his bossy wife’s way OR he could go on an amazing adventure. He chooses the latter (of course!). But (there’s always a ‘but’) what battles will he face while on this adventure, leaving behind the safety of his home and his land?
The characters: Terry Johnson: A risk-taker, traveler, adventurer, philanthropist, and sometimes (in his own words, and what got him into trouble more than once:) a nose-poker! Ann: Terry’s wife. Bossy and fierce. Short in frame, but sharp with words. This one can make you cringe in shame without using a single expletive, or allowing you to use one! Madam: A street-smart Kenyan girl who wins the reader’s heart with her sense of humor and sharp wit. There are some other characters whom we meet as well along the course of the book.
The technique/layout/language/writing style: Whenever I read a book, I judge it based on the detail – if it’s there where it’s needed, and if it’s been edited out where it’s not. The author's writing technique is what won my heart! The author’s ability to describe a scene vividly is marvelous. I could imagine the scenes so clearly. I cannot praise his writing style enough.Read more ›
Years are passing Terry by all too quickly. A lucky windfall changes all that. He grabs the chance and is soon embarking on his new life in Kenya.
The story is beautifully captured and the reader is soon drawn into Terry's adventures, Detail of Kenya and its people are realistic and endearing.
The dream wanes though and soon, almost unbelievably, Terry gets involved in drug smuggling. Almost inevitably he ends up getting caught and spends a harrowing time in a Kenyan prison.
An extremely well written memoir that that I would highly recommend. Just read it with an open mind and enjoy .....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent guide on how not to raise the extra cash needed to extend your vacation time in Africa.
Aside from that a very good read.
What a depressing book from beginning to end..depressing because of Alzheimer, depressing because of the story told of a stubborn white man in Kenta, depressing because all the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tolya
Ok story, but a little too much detail in places. A definite insight into the hardships of Africa!Published 17 months ago by Sue K. Lopez