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I was born in London more than five decades ago. My parents were born and brought up in South Africa.


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

We visit my wife's family in India often. They live in the southern part of the country.

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
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This may sound ridiculous, but it has taken us over 20 years to realise the convenience of London bus route number 46 that begins its journey at Lancaster Gate, which is close to where we live. This bus goes almost straight to Hampstead Village (which used to be known as 'Hampstead Town'). Until we 'discovered' it a few days ago, we took a far more roundabout and longer route to visit the vill... Read more of this blog post »
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ALBANIA ON MY MIND
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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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The missing booze (Travel)
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Description: Excerpt from a draft of my work in progress, "SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ", a book about Yugoslavia before its break-up.
SAUERKRAUT & TRAMWAYS (Travel)
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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.
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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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Debbie "DJ" Wilson Hey Adam, thanks for the friendvite. Best of wishes with your writing!


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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.


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Adam HAPPY FIRST OF MAY!


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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


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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/...


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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


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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.


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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...


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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...


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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.


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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.


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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


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Adam Wishing all my friends on Goodreads

HAPPY NOWRUZ/PASSOVER/EASTER


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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.


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


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


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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!


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Adam Happy New Year to all my friends on Goodreads!

May 2013 bring you many chapters of contentment!


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Adam SEASONS GREETINGS!

May the year 2013 be a good one for you!


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


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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...


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


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Adam Christine wrote: "Do you have skype?"

No, I don't, Christine.


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


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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?


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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


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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...


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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.


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


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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!


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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!


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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-...


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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)


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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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Adam My latest novel ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE is now available as an e-book on KINDLE for little more than the price of an espresso or a latte! http://www.amazon.co.uk/ROGUE-OF-ROUX...


message 34: by Adam (last edited Sep 16, 2012 02:47AM)

Adam Greetings Goodreaders.

I have been a member of this august community for a few months (half a year, actually), and I am very pleased that I joined.

Not only have I been introduced to a wide range of books that I had not known about previously, but also it has made me begin to read books a little more critically.

Seeing the interesting reviews that other members have posted, has made me want to do the same. Since joining G/R I have begun writing reviews of every book that I have read, and this, I believe, has changed the way I read for the better.

Thank you, everyone, for your support and encouragement so far.

I look forward to continuing contributing to, and benefiting from, my good friends (and others not yet 'officially' my friends) on Goodreads.

Best wishes from

Adam


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Adam Take time out from the present, get in touch with the past by reading my new novel ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE

I'd love to know what you think of it.


message 32: by Adam (last edited Sep 13, 2012 11:32PM)

Adam Read my ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE to discover how the struggle for survival can corrupt the mind of a young man with a growing family.


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Adam Something golden flashed across the horizon of the Great Karroo, the barren vastness in the heart of the Cape Colony.

“Did you see that, Amohelang?” Jakob Klein asked his African companion.

Jakob was, sitting astride his mule, squinting to avoid the blinding glare of the noonday sun.

“Ja,” replied Amohelang, who was riding alongside his employer on another mule.

“What was it?” Jakob asked, sweeping away an errant lock of long brown hair from his eyes.

“I’m not sure, baas. It could have been a duiker or a gemsbok.”

“Well, it’s the first sign of life we’ve seen today, and it may well be the last if the last two days are anything to go by,” Jakob commented wistfully, staring at the shimmering haze far ahead of him.

The two men rode on in silence, continuing their slow journey towards the town of Graaff Reinet, where Jakob was going to conduct some business.



After an hour or so, Jakob exclaimed in German, his mother tongue:
“Ach, this endless wilderness will be the death of me.”

“Eh, baas?” Amohelang said, unable to understand him.

“I’m parched,” Jakob explained in Dutch, the language he used most in Africa.
“There’s water in the canteen.”

“Hmm, I don’t really want that. Is there anything left of the brandy that we bought in Middelburg?”

“It’s all gone.”

“Then, I suppose I’ll have to make do with water.”

“Here, baas,” Amohelang said, manoeuvring his mule closer to Jakob’s, before stretching out his shiny black arm to pass him a cloth-covered metal container.

When Jakob had taken a few swigs from it, he handed it back to Amohelang, saying:
“Not my favourite drink, but …it’s done the trick.”

“Have we got far to go still, baas?”

“Another couple of days riding, and we should be there, I guess.”

After a few minutes, Jakob turned to Amohelang, and said:
“Ach, stop calling me ‘baas’. Just call me ‘Jakob’.”

He had not liked that appellation ever since someone had told him that it was how the erstwhile black slaves used to address their Dutch owners.

“But… Mr Reitlinger is always telling me to call him and you ‘sir’, not even ‘baas’. He says that we kaffirs must always respect our betters, and …”

Suddenly, Amohelang’s mule slipped on a loose boulder. He tried to steady himself, but being unable to do so, slid off his saddle, and fell on to the gravel beneath him. He rolled aside to avoid being trampled by his mule, which had remained standing, seemingly unaffected by the incident. Jakob dismounted and ran over to him, shouting:

“Are you hurt? Here, let me help you stand up.”

He held his arm tenderly in order to assist his servant to his feet.

“No bones broken?”

“I’ll be alright,” the African said, thinking how kind Jakob was in comparison to other white men, especially his partner Mr Reitlinger, who even refused to shake his hand at Christmas and on New Year’s Day. “Thank you, Baa… eh eh, Jakob.”

Jakob shrugged his shoulders, and then, wiping away some hair sticking to his sweaty brow, regretted having allowed his partner to talk him into making this dreadful journey from Rouxville in the height of summer...


What did Jakob Klein, a kind-hearted young man - a German immigrant in 1870s southern Africa, do to become known as the ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE ?


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