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The Reluctant Tourist [Kindle Edition]

Frank Riley

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Book Description

Rib-tickling blogs of a 47-day trip around the world - one blog for each day. With 90 photographs and amusing, personal tales of a long journey starting from Australia, then on to Gent in Belgium, then England, Scotland, England again, across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2. Up to Canada from New York, then back to Washington DC, New Jersey and back to Australia.

The author accompanied his wife on her study tour of these countries as part of her work. His 'reluctance' to accompany her is decidedly tongue-in-cheek and hilarious in parts and very amusing in others.

Besides the book being informative in relation to each of the countries he visited, it is also a great read, with a belly laugh on just about every page.

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About the Author

15 Movie scripts 1 1-hour Radio play 1 television drama series 1 Television comedy show pilot script 1 Commissioned television pilot script for teenage drama series (I directed the pilot as well.) 9 Novels 3 Children’s Stories 1 Tongue-in-cheek autobiography 1 Commissioned sales course book 4 short stories Various magazine articles

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  • File Size: 3914 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CSF1H0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My life has been one adventure after another. As a fifteen-year-old kid I worked on river boats in the River Mersey, Liverpool. At sixteen, I went into the Merchant Navy and served on nine ships.

When I was eighteen I began hitch-hiking through Scandinavia and mainland Europe. At twenty I worked on schooners in the Mediterranean, then hitch-hiked twice through Europe and the Middle East.

I ran out of money on the first attempt to get to Australia in Karachi and ended up getting a job as a third cook on a Norwegian freighter which took me to India, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the USA and Antwerp in Belgium.

The second attempt to get to Australia (to see my brother) I ran out of money in Teheran in Iran and had to do a runner out of that country with the financial assistance of my brother. For further details of this and indeed all of my adventures, check out 'The Life of Riley' at: for the Kindle edition; and in paperback:

I'm a brown belt in judo, have done some boxing and karate.

I spent twenty-two years as a professional ballroom and Latin American dancer and became a judge in both American style and international.

I began writing over forty years ago and have written numerous novels and movie scripts and have recently teamed up with to sell my books. I currently have six titles for sale: three novels, 'Bell's Lot' a detective drama set in Sydney, 'The last Dance', a romance drama set in the cauldron of the dance world, and my latest novel, 'The Dying Sea', about Eco-terrorism gone wrong. My fourth title is 'The Life of Riley, a tongue-in-cheek autobiography', the fifth, 'The Reluctant Tourist', is a comical travelogue, and the sixth is The Reluctant Tourist - Part Two, a continuation of my travels with my wife, Sophie. Sophie is required to go to conferences each year in a different country each time and I am 'forced' to go with her as her comic relief. This year we will be hitting Greece, Cyprus, Spain, England, Finland, Russia, Denmark and Germany, so of course there will be another Reluctant Tourist book in the offing.

I wrote and directed a pilot for a children's television series, called 'The Magician'. It was a vehicle for showing the difficulties children have in growing up. The pilot dealt with bullying. Sadly, the television station for which I wrote and directed my work, went belly up whilst we were in post production.

My motivation for writing is from life itself. I draw on my past, but I rely heavily on my observations of people and their motivations. I don't subscribe to the notion that people really change their character during their life - the so-called 'arc' in movie parlance - and it is that belief in the basic flaw of humans that gives me much fodder for my works.


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