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Being a serial dancer, I fit in writing whenever I'm not flitting around in ballet or tap shoes.
I'm also an Art History fanatic, fed by my travels round Europe.

UNEASY RIDER - CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT TRAVELLER is now published and available on Amazon here:
or in the US: http://amzn.to/bjkMOh
and is also a Kindle download:

For this reason, the entire book is no longer on Authonomy, though the tempting list of chapters will tell you what you are missing!

From the HarperCollins review:
"Uneasy Rider is such a great read at this time of year! It’s a wonderful combination of travel writing meets holiday diary meets nostalgia/whimsy. You have a very readable tone with a light touch of humour and wit and a very visual style of writing. You make it seem easy! And your tellings of adventures with the obligatory theft in Rome, continental camp sites, self-catering from a van and more feel very fresh and not the standard ‘a Brit abroad’. Plus I feel they appeal to all ages – both the child and adult in us all."

I have now uploaded a rough draft of the sequel to 'Uneasy Rider - Confessions of a Reluctant Traveller': 'Ms. Potter and the Mathematicians' Rabbit - Random Adventures as Allie Goes Up North'. It tells of a trip round mainland Britain in the same old campervan.
If you enjoy Bill Bryson, I think you'll like my books too!

I also have a memoir/social history on Authonomy about a post-war childhood.
This is now a Kindle download:

favourite books


As I Walked out one Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee
Clear Water Rising - Nicolas Crane
The Medici - Paul Strathern
The Yellow House - Martin Gayford
Brunelleschi's Dome - Ross King
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling - Ross King
Anything by Bill Bryson!
Telling Tales - Alan Bennett
84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
Adventures on the High Teas - Stuart Maconie


Diary of a Nobody - George & Weedon Grossmith
The Balkan Trilogy - Olivia Manning
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
The Diary of a Provincial Lady - E.M. Delafield
P.G. Wodehouse - Jeeves & Wooster books
E.F. Benson - Mapp & Lucia books
Any Anthony Trollope
Any Charles Dickens
Any Thomas Hardy especially Tess
Ditto Jane Austen - of course!
Nearly forgot......George Elliot esp Middlemarch - the greatest novel ever written.

When We Were Very Young - A.A. Milne - my earliest favourite

my websites

http://campervantraveller.weebly.com/     http://bit.ly/uneasyrider

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my books

Ms Potter & The Mathematicians....

Allie Sommerville

What better way to discover your home country than travel the length of it in three weeks in a campervan? Allie can think of several...

Following some nerve-racking road trips abroad as chronicled in Uneasy Rider - Confessions of a Reluctant Traveller, this time Our Heroine takes to the road with her trusty Other Half to sample the delights of mainland Britain.

Fortunately their not-so-trusty campervan decides it prefers home-ground to abroad, but unfortunately there's not always a warm welcome at campsites on the way Northwards to Scotland.

Seeking out those places linked to her literary and artistic heroes, Allie is cajoled into a private viewing of priceless art-works, can't stop herself leaving a banal comment in a visitor's book and becomes Bonnie-Prince-Charlied-out in the Highlands. She is not surprised however, that Blackpool in the pouring rain at 8.30 in the morning really is the pits.

Join Allie, the slightly easier traveller, through the heart of Britain, as she realises the weather is better down South and it's cold up North.

NB:This is a work in progress, hence the final two chapters are repeats!


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I wrote 1146 days ago

My sort of book! And the first I've backed for some time. Viva Non Fiction! Good luck in all you do. Allie (Uneasy Rider - Confessions of a Reluctant Traveller/Allie Up North) view book

I wrote 1150 days ago

Thanks Joanne. It's really just a first draft, and no-where near complete, but I just thought I'd put it on! view book

I wrote 1293 days ago

Just the sort of writing and book I buy! Backed with pleasure - I really wish you good luck with this - Non Fiction has a tough time on here, take my word for it! Allie (Uneasy Rider - Confessions of a Reluctant Traveller) view book

I wrote 1498 days ago

A really positive review! So pleased for you John - it sounds like they WILL be looking into publishing Shaddowdon some time in the future. Congratulation! Alison view book

I wrote 1531 days ago

My granddaughters are still a bit young for this, but I know I'd enjoy reading it to them in a couple of year's time. They already love books and the first thing they do at my house is find those I've bought specially for them: this would be on my wish list! I think it's as important that the rea... view book

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