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I was born in London more than five decades ago.


Graaff Reinet, Cape Province, South Africa
High above Graaff Reinet in South Africa



I am interested in a wide variety of subjects including: history, travel, the Balkans, India, South Africa, photography, cooking (not cakes!), cinema, theatre, music...

I have written and published two novels based on my family's life in 19th century South Africa.

Recently, I published a book about Albania during the days of the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

In August 2013, I published "SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ - Once upon a time in Yugoslavia".
It is a memoir of the trips that I made to the former Yugoslavia between the late 1960s and just before its catastrophic civil wars.

In 2014 I published a travelogue called "CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAVED TO ME", which is
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Rogue of Rouxville
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Albania on my Mind
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From Albania to Sicily
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Charlie Chaplin waved to me
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I am so disappointed that I feel compelled to set pen to paper, or, should I 'say', put fingers to keyboard. I have just returned from an exhibition, called Rubens and his legacy, at London's Royal Academy.
I am not a great fan of the Flemmish painter Peter Paul Rubens, but I enjoy his work sufficiently to have put my head into the Royal Academy, an institution that I do not particularly care f... Read more of this blog post »
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AN EVENING IN BELGRADE (Travel)
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Description: Excerpt from "SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ" by Adam Yamey
SEARCHING FOR ARCHIMEDES (Select)
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Description: First footsteps in Greece
The missing booze (Travel)
1 chapters   —   updated May 05, 2013 02:10AM
Description: Excerpt from a draft of my work in progress, "SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ", a book about Yugoslavia before its break-up.
SAUERKRAUT & TRAMWAYS (Travel)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 30, 2013 02:09AM
Description: I'd like to to test-drive a small excerpt from the draft of the new book that I'm writing: SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ.
HORSE DEALING (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: An excerpt from my new novel, ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE. The hero, Jakob, puts to use his knowledge of horse-dealing, which he acquired in Bavaria before emigrating to the (Orange) Free State.
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“Stuff and nonsense: you must regard this deviation
from your plan as part of the adventure that you sought
when you decided embark on it in the first place. True
adventure does not follow well-trodden paths. Absence
of certainty is its essence. People, like you and I, who
choose to shun the mundane must not only expect, but
also enjoy and profit from surprises.”
Adam Yamey, Aliwal

“Jenny held
her breath wondering whether her matzo would pass muster.”
Adam Yamey

“You must regard this deviation from your plan as part of the adventure that you sought when you decided to embark on it in the first place...Absence of certainty is its essence. People...who choose to shun the mundane must not only expect, but also enjoy and profit from surprises.”
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message 85: by Adam

Adam HAPPY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2015


message 84: by Adam

Adam Please note the
NEW TIME OF ADAM YAMEY's TALK: 5.30 pm - 17.30 hrs


If you will be in Bangalore (India) on MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014 at 5.30pm (17.30), Adam Yamey will be giving a talk about

"FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY"

at:

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE,
National Institute of Advanced Studies,
IISC CAMPUS,
MATHIKERE,
BANGALORE 12


message 83: by Adam

Adam If you will be in Bangalore (India) on MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014 at 4pm (16.00), Adam Yamey will be giving a talk about

"FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY"

at:

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE,
National Institute of Advanced Studies,
IISC CAMPUS,
MATHIKERE,
BANGALORE 12

Please do come and listen!


message 82: by Adam

Adam MAFIA, MACARONI, MUSSOLINI, and ... ALBANIANS

Interested? Then, read a couple of excerpts from my new book From Albania to Sicily by clicking on:

http://www.adamyamey.com/page17.htm


message 81: by Adam

Adam My new book about the descendants of the Albanians who migrated to Sicily during the 15th century, "From Albania to Sicily" is now available as a Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/From-Albania-Si... AND as a paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-yamey/f...


Debbie "DJ" Wilson Hey Adam, thanks for the friendvite. Best of wishes with your writing!


message 79: by Adam

Adam TRUMPET BLOWING TIME! I've just published a new book, Charlie Chaplin waved to me. Basically, it's about me and the travels that I made in my youth. Visit: http://www.yameyamey.blogspot.co.uk/2... to learn more about it.


message 78: by Adam

Adam HAPPY FIRST OF MAY!


message 77: by Adam

Adam Happy Easter everyone!


message 76: by Adam (last edited Mar 29, 2014 03:42PM)

Adam Another fine reader's appraisal of ALBANIA ON MY MIND by Adam Yamey.
See: http://www.adamyamey.com


message 75: by Adam

Adam My friend from school-days, the author Michael Jacobs, died in January this year. I have posted a few of my memories of him on http://yameyamey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/...


message 74: by Mel

Mel Thanks for the friend request. I enjoyed your book Scrabble with Slivovitz so much I bought a paperback copy for my mother and sent it to her. I know she will enjoy it. You have inspired me to seek out more information on the area known as the Balkans. Take Care and thanks again. Mel


message 73: by Adam

Adam Another 5 star review for SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ -Once upon a time in Yugoslavia on Amazon:

I first bought the Kindle version of this book and then purchased the paperback to send to my mother. Adam Yamey's accounts of pre-war Yugoslavia will resonate with expats and anyone who has traveled through its unspoilt countryside and vibrant towns. Yugoslavia as we knew it is gone forever, but Adam's prose brings it back to life - albeit with tinges of sadness.

See: http://www.amazon.com/Scrabble-With-S...


message 72: by Adam (last edited Nov 12, 2013 11:40AM)

Adam My book SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ -Once upon a time in Yugoslavia is currently available at a reduced price on Kindle until 14 NOV 2013 - I am trying out a 'Kindle Countdown Deal' promotion.

This is your chance to save money and also to learn about life in Yugoslavia during the 20 years before its final melt-down.


message 71: by Adam

Adam There is an nteresting interview with Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré on http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...


message 70: by Adam (last edited Sep 27, 2013 12:23AM)

Adam A great new review of ALBANIA ON MY MIND has just appeared on http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-yamey/a...


message 69: by Adam

Adam SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ -Once upon a time in Yugoslavia has been given 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and a superbly sympathetic review.

See: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scrabble-With...


message 67: by Adam (last edited Sep 17, 2013 02:02PM)


message 66: by Adam

Adam *Специјална цена*Posebna cijena*Ofertë hyrëse*Különleges ajánlat*


*SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER*

Adam Yamey’s publisher has temporarily reduced the price of the KINDLE edition of SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ -Once upon a time in Yugoslavia.

This is to allow more folk to enjoy a literary work that describes life in Yugoslavia during the last years of Marshal Tito’s life as well as during the period leading up to the country’s uncivil series of civil wars that commenced just after 1990. Adam’s richly illustrated text provides a series of unique and often amusing views of life in a country that has been sadly forsaken by history.

Read about the ‘good old days’.

Go for it on:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SCRABBLE-WITH... {UK}

http://www.amazon.com/SCRABBLE-WITH-S... {USA}

or on other local Amazon websites.


message 65: by Adam

Adam Another great review for my ALIWAL. Here it is,copied from Amazon.com:

Aliwal provides a fictional view of a Jewish family in South Africa in the nineteenth century. It recreates a fascinating world of which I had been entirely unaware, but in which I have become quite interested due to my recent and fortuitous acquaintance with several South Africans and people of South African background. The issue of how a transplanted person adjusts (and does not adjust) to a radically new environment is particularly well addressed. The protagonist, Heinrich Bergmann, originates in a small German village, yet his ambition (viewed in a positive sense) outgrows his native village. He rises through business success in South Africa and is ultimately brought low -- as much by his own self image as by external events.

The character of Jenny -- Heinrich's wife -- is particularly well drawn. The dénuement, offering an insightful interior view Jenny, provides a strong and poignant finish to the novel.

I have just ordered Yamey's novel the Rogue of Rouxville and look forward to reading it.


message 63: by Adam

Adam See page 22 of http://www.scribd.com/doc/132605330/T... for an interview that I made to promote my book, ALBANIA ON MY MIND. An English translation of this appears on http://www.adamyamey.com/page15.htm


message 62: by Adam

Adam Wishing all my friends on Goodreads

HAPPY NOWRUZ/PASSOVER/EASTER


message 61: by Adam

Adam My reading has slowed down a bit because I am in the middle of writing a new book.

This time it is about my travels in the former Yugoslavia.


message 60: by Adam

Adam Put yourself into someone else's shoes without getting blisters - read a good novel!


message 59: by Saul

Saul Issroff Your review of Noni Jabavu's book is stimulating and well researched. I'll try to get it and reas it
Saul


message 58: by Adam

Adam Yesterday, I watched the new film, LINCOLN.

If I had known little or nothing about Abraham Lincoln, much of the first 30 or so minutes of the film would have been incomprehensible to me.

The acting, particularly of Daniel Day Lewis, was superb. He portrayed a human and credible Lincoln. Likewise, the portrayal of other personalities by the other actors and actresses came across as being realistic.

However, although there was drama in the events portrayed in the film, the actual drama in the film was limited. The images were hardly necessary. The dialogue would have been well suited for a radio drama.

For my taste, there is far more drama in Gore Vidal's novel based on Lincoln's life. His 'script' would have made for a better film in the right hands (e.g. Spielberg's). There is an old film ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095242/ 1988) based on Vidal's novel, but it, like Spielberg's latest production, is too verbose and insufficient in dramatic action.

But, don't let me put you off. Spielberg's film is gripping enough. To enjoy it, you would be well advised to mug up on your American history general knowledge before reaching the cinema.


message 57: by Adam

Adam Yesterday, I watched the new film, LINCOLN.

If I had known little or nothing about Abraham Lincoln, much of the first 30 or so minutes of the film would have been incomprehensible to me.

The acting, particularly of Daniel Day Lewis, was superb. He portrayed a human and credible Lincoln. Likewise, the portrayal of other personalities by the other actors and actresses came across as being realistic.

However, although there was drama in the events portrayed in the film, the actual drama in the film was limited. The images were hardly necessary. The dialogue would have been well suited for a radio drama.

For my taste, there is far more drama in Gore Vidal's novel based on Lincoln's life. His 'script' would have made for a better film in the right hands (e.g. Spielberg's). There is an old film ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095242/ 1988) based on Vidal's novel, bit it, like Spielberg's latest production, is too verbose and insufficient in dramatic action.

But, don't let me put you off. Spielberg's film is gripping enough. To enjoy it, you would be well advised to mug up on your American history general knowledge before reaching the cinema.


message 56: by Adam

Adam I have been recording my trip to India by posting pictures as I have been taking them. The full series may be viewed on http://instagram.com/yameyamey ... I will be adding a few more today!


message 55: by Adam

Adam Happy New Year to all my friends on Goodreads!

May 2013 bring you many chapters of contentment!


message 54: by Adam

Adam SEASONS GREETINGS!

May the year 2013 be a good one for you!


message 53: by Adam

Adam 28 NOVEMBER is Albania's Independence Day - a great time to begin reading ALBANIA ON MY MIND


message 52: by Adam

Adam ALLOW ME TO BLOW MY OWN TRUMPET about my novel Rogue of Rouxville Someone has just published a favourable review of it elsewhere:

http://squibleysfictionaddiction.word...


message 51: by Adam

Adam Armchairs & Albania. Read a short excerpt from my latest book on http://yamey.wordpress.com/168-2/


message 50: by Adam

Adam Christine wrote: "Do you have skype?"

No, I don't, Christine.


message 49: by Adam

Adam My first ever press release! Take a look at: http://theindietribe.wordpress.com/20...


message 48: by Adam

Adam ALBANIA ON MY MIND

My latest book, a memoir of a trip to Albania made in 1994, is now available on Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/ALBANIA-ON-MY-M...


Christine Hatfield Do you have skype?


message 46: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Adam,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on GoodReads, which is a brilliant site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded people; authors and readers, writers and book bloggers. I very much look forward to reading some of your work (i have only read bits of due to library read), and thank you once again.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 45: by Adam

Adam I've compiled a list of some of the books about ALBANIA, which I have enjoyed reading on: http://www.yameyamey.blogspot.co.uk/2...


message 44: by Adam

Adam Shade your eyes from the intense glare. Feel the heat of the African sun. Listen to the endless chirruping of the insects hidden in the dried grass. Let your eyes scan the endless wastes of the desolate Karoo ...

... READ Rogue of Rouxville and become absorbed into another world.


message 43: by Adam

Adam You can read brief extracts from Rogue of Rouxville & ALIWAL on this web-site: http://yamey.wordpress.com/


message 42: by Adam

Adam " I have been asked whether "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE" is a sequel to my first novel "ALIWAL".

The answer is a little bit 'yes', but mostly 'no'.

Yes, they are connected in that Jakob Klein, the protagonist of the "ROGUE", was invited out to southern Africa by Henry Bergmann, the hero of "ALIWAL"

No, because the "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE" has been written so that it is completely unnecessary to have read "ALIWAL", or even to have heard of the book!


message 41: by Adam

Adam I have been asked whether "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE" is a sequel to my first novel "ALIWAL".
The answer is both 'yes' and 'no'.

Yes, they are connected in that Jakob Klein, the protagonist of the "ROGUE", was invited out to southern Africa by Henry Bergmann, the hero of "ALIWAL"

No, because the "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE" has been written so that it is completely unnecessary to have read "ALIWAL", or even to have heard of the book!


message 40: by Adam

Adam Two brief excerpts from my new novel, Rogue of Rouxville, to whet your apetite -: http://www.wattpad.com/7792715-a-sale... & http://www.wattpad.com/7963361-horse-...


message 39: by Adam

Adam Does anyone have any experience of using WATTPAD?


message 38: by Adam (last edited Sep 26, 2012 02:02PM)

Adam Here is a little self-promotion. I hope that nobody takes objection to this.


"Hey Constable, what’s your bleddy hurry? Look you’ve spilt my drink all over my waistcoat.”

“Shtand ashide for an offisher of the law,” Röttcher shouted, pushing his assailant away.

The man he had just upset was Dirk Van Der Walt, who lived up by the River Caledon and was visiting Rouxville for the weekend.

“Don’t molest me, Officer. I asked you why the hurry. And, what do you mean by your rudeness?”

“Make way for the law, I shed.”

“The law - that’s a good one, Constable Rotgut,” Van Der Walt said, bursting into laughter.

“I can arresht you for inshulting and asshaulting me.”

“Ag, drinking on duty, is it?”

“He’s the constable who’s friendly with that fellow Klein,” said someone standing nearby."


FIND OUT WHAT CAUSED THIS RUCKUS by reading ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-yamey/r... (Paperback) & also available on KINDLE (Amazon)


message 37: by Adam (last edited Sep 22, 2012 04:01PM)

Adam LIBRARY ???

Library, an art installation by Theaster Gates. Seen at the White Cube Gallery in Bermonsey, London (UK)


message 36: by Adam (last edited Sep 20, 2012 03:06PM)

Adam If I don't keep trying to promote it, who will?

ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE is an adventure set in southern Africa during the 1870s. The hero, Jakob Klein, gets himself into hot water trying to support his ever growing family. What will become of him after he's been locked up in Jail?

The story draws some inspiration from archival material stored in the National Archives of South Africa, but is largely imaginative.

Available as follows at present:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-yamey/r... (PAPERBACK)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ROGUE-OF-ROUX... (KINDLE)


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