Adam Yamey

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A great new travel book about India
Adam Yamey

BOOKS BY ADAM:

"TRAVELS THROUGH GUJARAT, DAMAN, AND DIU" describes an intimate journey through a less well-known area of western India.

"SOAP TO SENATE: A GERMAN JEW AT THE DAWN OF APARTHEID" is the biography of a politician who tried to combat the genesis of apartheid in South Africa in the first decades of the 20th century.

"ALIWAL" and "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE": two novels set in 19th century South Africa.

"ALBANIA ON MY MIND" is a book about Albania during the days of the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

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

"CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAVED TO ME", is about travels that I made in my childhood.

"BETWEEN OLYMPUS AND AEGYamey
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Rogue of Rouxville

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SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ -On...

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Albania on my Mind

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Aliwal

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From Albania to Sicily

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Rediscovering Albania

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Going without the flow: pro...

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Soap to Senate: A German Je...

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EXODUS TO AFRICA

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Charlie Chaplin waved to me

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I have always been hopeless at all physical activities such as sports and gymnastics. I enjoy walking and have in the past played tennis half-heartedly.


At school, we had to attend gymnastics classes (‘gym’ for short). In the school I attended between the ages of 8 and 13, gym classes were held at the gymnasium at the public baths in London’s Swiss Cottage. The gym teachers there took a delight in...

 


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Description: First footsteps in Greece
AN EVENING IN BELGRADE (Travel)
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SAUERKRAUT & TRAMWAYS (Travel)
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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.
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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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Mohammed Ali Jinnah (1876-1948) saw the realisation of his ambition, the formation  of a sovereign nation for Indian Muslims: Pakistan, a year before he died as its supreme leader. Jinnah was a brilliant barrister and orator. His brilliance is descri ...more
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Just over twenty years ago, I first visited the vast archaeological site at Hampi, near Hospet in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. I have revisited the fascinating and extensive ruins of Vijayanagara, one of the largest cities in the mediaeval ...more
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As World War II ('WWII') drew to its conclusion in Europe Jim arrived near Aachen in Germany with the British forces. He was stationed near the home of Minny, a young German woman. They met, fell in love, and, after considerable delay, married in Liv ...more
" Greetings from London (UK), where the action my book, IDEAS, BOMBS, and BULLETS, mainly takes place. . It is about the exciting exploits of Indian freedom fig ...more "
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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 101: by Adam

Adam IDEAS, BOMBS, and BULLETSMy new book about the exciting exploits of brave Indian freedom fighters in London (1905-1910) is now available as a paperback from Bookdepository.com, which delivers to MOST countries: https://www.bookdepository.com/IDEAS-... ... also in e-book format from Kindle store.


message 100: by Adam (last edited Oct 22, 2018 01:13AM)

Adam My latest book, a travelogue Travels Through Gujarat, Daman, and Diu, is about my travels through a lesser-visited part of western India. It gives local peoples' useful insights on the area's past, present, and future.
It is available on Amazon; bookdepository.com, Kindle, lulu.com, and by ordering it from your book store.


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Adam HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!

READ PLENTY MORE!


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Adam Albania is one of Europe's lesser-known countries. My new book Rediscovering Albania introduces the country, its turbulent past and vibrant present.


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Adam Meeting Indians in Albania http://www.confluence.mobi/blog/chick...


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Adam A man of conscience. See: http://www.adamyamey.com/page4.htm


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Adam You can now LISTEN to me, Adam Yamey, talking about my latest book about South Africa https://www.goodreads.com/videos/1024...


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Adam My latest book provides a new insight into the political decision-making that led to the legislation that paved the way towards apartheid in South Africa.

My book is Soap to Senate: A German Jew at the dawn of apartheid. It describes the life and times of Franz Ginsberg (1862-1936), who migrated from Germany to King Williams Town (Eastern Cape, South Africa) in 1880. There, he became an industrialist, and then a politician (both local and national). He became a senator in 1927, and it was in the Senate that he was most involved in trying to combat the iniquitous law-making that was happening in the 1920s and 1930s.


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Adam My latest book, SOAP TO SENATE: A GERMAN JEW AT THE DAWN OF APARTHEID" is out on KINDLE, and will appear soon as a paperback.

Read a sample here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin...

It is the story of a remarkable man. He was a politician who lived in South Africa during the years leading up to apartheid.

Franz Ginsberg left Germany in 1880. He settled in South Africa as an 18-year-old photographer, escaping the restrictions on Jews, only to adopt a homeland with escalating restrictions on ‘black’ and other non-European people. Franz flourished as a manufacturer of a large variety of domestic products, becoming well-known as an industrial pioneer. Soon, his concern for people’s welfare plunged him to politics. From 1927 onwards, as one of the 32 elected Senators of the Union of South Africa, he attempted to mitigate the racist policies that many of his fellow legislators promoted. During his progression from Town Councillor to Senator, Franz questioned the law-making processes that were to lead eventually, after his death in 1936, to the establishment of apartheid. Franz Ginsberg, the author’s great-grandfather, battled for a better world in a time not yet ready for that change - leaving a unique story and legacy on the blueprint of our modern world.

This more than a biography: it offers a new insight into the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.


message 92: by Adam

Adam HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone who looks at Goodreads! And all the very best for 2016!


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Adam MOST CHILDREN DON'T ASK...

In general, children look forwards, not backwards: to the future, not the past. This is a good thing generally speaking. An exception to this is the fact that one’s parents and other elders in the family are younger when you are younger, and often their memories are better when they are in their prime. At a school reunion, the current headmaster at my old school, Highgate in North London, once addressed a group of us ‘old boys, who were in our 50s. One of the things he said, and it is the only one that I remember, was that we who were assembled to listen to him had reached the age when the ‘nostalgia gene’ kicks in.

Some of us who have reached the age where this gene begins to exhibit itself have already lost older close family members or those who remain, are beginning to lose their memories. My mother died over 30 years ago, but fortunately for me a number of my uncles and aunts, as well as my father, have thrived without loss of memory. So, when my ‘nostalgia gene’ kicked in, in my 50s, and I became interested in knowing more about the past of my family, they were able to help me gather information. This allowed me to realise in which directions to further direct my researches.

If only I could turn back the clock and speak to my mother or my grandmother, whom I knew until I was in my teens, how much more I would have learnt. But, being young, I was looking forwards rather than backwards. And, several unrepeatable opportunities were lost.

My advice to anyone, who wants to learn about their family’s past, is to start young. If a relative says something that recalls the past, jot it down – you never know when you will become seriously interested.

When I decided to set down a summary of what I had researched over the years so that if those who follow me ask about my family’s past when I can no longer recall it, I decided that rather than confine myself to my own family’s history, some of which was based on what my elders have told me, I would try to write something with a more general appeal. The result is my latest book “Exodus To Africa”, which I hope will interest people who like me have a Jewish South African heritage. Naturally, I hope that this book will also appeal to a more general audience.

http://www.amazon.com/EXODUS-AFRICA-A... (Kindle)

http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-yamey/e...

(paperback)


message 90: by Adam

Adam INTRODUCING MY LATEST BOOK Exodus To Africa

From Mosenthal to Mandela …

... a FRESH look at the story of the Jews in South Africa .

Now on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z...

BUT it will soon be available as a paperback.


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Adam HAPPY FIRST OF MAY!


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Adam FREE ON KINDLE FOR 3 days

Ants in ouzo, bacon on the beach, chlorine and collagen ... these are not the usual ingredients of a holiday in Greece. However, they were what helped make for an unusual series of camping holidays taken by the author, the professor and his wife, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Join Adam Yamey in an intriguing odyssey across a Europe that recent events has changed beyond recognition.

Fully illustrated with the author's photographs, this travelogue reveals something of English eccentricity.

"BETWEEN OLYMPUS AND AEGEAN" is available as a FREE Kindle for next few days: http://www.amazon.com/BETWEEN-OLYMPUS... Please read it, and maybe also review it!


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Adam FREE for 5 days on Kindle: "BETWEEN OLYMPUS AND AEGEAN" by Adam Yamey A book about Greece and camping http://www.amazon.com/Between-Olympus... Read it, enjoy it, and please review it!


message 86: by Adam (last edited Mar 05, 2015 02:39PM)

Adam Yesterday, I presented a lecture about my book From Albania to Sicily at the Albanian Embassy in London. This has been reported on the embassy's website: http://www.albanianembassy.co.uk/ne-a...


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Adam HAPPY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2015


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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!


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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" 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


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.


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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...


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...


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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.


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


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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!


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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!


message 53: by Adam

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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