What’s it all about?

This evocative memoir tells the story of the relationship between
a young VSO from England and the man she married – 
Wordsworth McAndrew, Guyana’s celebrated folklorist,
 broadcaster, journalist and poet.

It includes extracts from the letters she wrote home to her parents,
as well as from Mac’s letters to her whenever they were apart.

The linking narrative expands on her memories of the lifestyle,
 the landscape, and the wider cultural & political scene
in a newly independent nation at the time.

It also exposes the mismatch between the resolutely optimistic
accounts of their life together that she gave her parents –
in an attempt to relieve their anxieties and overcome
their prejudice – and the reality.

This is now accessible on Amazon
for $9.99 US, or £8.77 Sterling

Amazon screenshot 20.01.21

Just click on the link !

In order to cut the online sale price of the book, especially
for overseas delivery, I sacrificed the few photos in colour,
though the black and white ones remain.

That’s why I’ve put the colour photos on a special page here,
so that you can still see them if you buy the book from Amazon

 On the other hand, I still have plenty of the original copies for sale,
with several colour illustrations, at £9.99 each
To buy one of these, simply email me at the address below:
and I will gladly post you a copy.
Postage rates within the UK or Overseas on application.

Colour Photos for WWW

In the Amazon.co.uk edition, to keep the purchase price down,
the illustrations in colour were omitted, though the B & W ones remain.

For those who would like to see the colour photos
from my original edition,  here they are…

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From page 8:
Mac’s photo of me with the donkeys, Samantha and Adam
in the field beyond our garden at Adam’s Farm, in Graffham, Sussex.

donkeys cropped

And one of the little donkey cards that accompanied his occasional gifts to me:

p 10 - Donkey card - colour

From page 13:
One of the elegant old wooden mansions that made Georgetown so beautiful:

p 12 - GT Mansion

From page 13:
Some of the gorious scarlet names of the bright blue wooden Grorgetown buses :

From page 14:
Mac with John Criswick, outside his cottage in Arcadia:

p 17 - Mac & CQ at Arcadia

From page 14:
Some of the staff at B/S:  my boss, Miss Dolphin;  Eustce & Laurie;  Sheila & Mrs Singh:

From page 22:
Mac on the Kissing Bridge in the Botanic Gardens

From page 31:
Climbing for coconuts…

p 37 - Climbing for coconuts

From page 33:
Selling Fish & Bread at a Railway Station

p 38 - Fish & Bread

From page 33:
One of the children showing me some maggots from the 6 o’clock Bee…

p 50 - Maggots

From page 61:
Mac standing with the family outside the cottage where we stayed in Berbice

p 70 - WC Berbice family on steps

From page 106:
John Criswick’s Portrait of Mac in his Blue Dashiki

Mac in Blue 001

From page 223:
Shiri launching off down the steps of our back cottage flat.

p 243 - Shiri launching off down steps

From page 233:
The painting by Angold Thompson that I loved so much – Sabine’s farewell gift.