Brief 'blurbs' forAdam Yamey's books

 

 

 

Adam Yamey writes: "In 1984, I went on a guided tour of Albania. It was then the only way for a tourist to visit the country. We were shown only what the Albanian government wanted us to see. Things were artfully arranged to give us what the authorities hoped was a favourable view of the country. During this fascinating trip, we were kept under constant surveillance; told not to stray from the group; prevented from speaking with any Albanians except our guides; made to eat out of sight of Albanians; and limited in what we could record with our cameras.

In May 2016, I returned to Albania. My wife and I hired a car. We travelled wherever we wanted; spoke with whomever we wanted (often in Italian, which is a commonly used foreign language in Albania); ate with Albanians; and photographed whatever interested us. Unhindered by security police, we explored the country.  

REDISCOVERING ALBANIA has its origins in the detailed diary entries that I made at the end of each day in Albania. Using the diary as the basis for my narrative, I have added information that I have gleaned from: published material (books, journals, Internet, etc.); observations made by earlier visitors to the country; and the opinions of Albanians we met. My aim is to describe our experiences in Albania within the context of its troubled past and vibrant present."

 

 

 

 

 

This 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 book is not simply a biography. It also provides new insights into the evolution of apartheid in South Africa.

Richly illustrated with photographs and maps.

 

  

 

From Mosenthal to Mandela … 

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

Jewish migration to South Africa began as a trickle at the beginning of the 19th century and became an exodus by its end. 

Always a minority in the European population of what eventually became South Africa, the Jews who emigrated there from Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries have played a disproportionately large role in the country's development. Often escaping from repression and hostility in Europe, they arrived in a country which was no stranger to oppression. The author of Exodus to Africa approaches their story from a new perspective, using unpublished primary sources and material from interviews. 

From the jail-breaker to the soap-maker who became Senator; from the dentist who made noodles in Cape Town to a man imprisoned for defying apartheid: Adam Yamey tracks the story of Jewish settlement in South Africa, illustrating it with the stories of members of his family to exemplify landmarks and trends in this fascinating history. 

 

 

 

Many people fear medical interventions. The author of this book is no exception. When stricken with a prostate disorder, he became most anxious about the nature of the treatment, which he was about to receive. In this book, filled with witty observations and insights, he describes how much of what he anticipated with considerable dread was not so bad after all.  This is a book to help allay the anxieties of those who fear medical and surgical treatment, and also an amusing short read.

 

 

 

 

 

Many Indians, including MK Gandhi (the future 'Mahatma'), moved from the subcontinent to South Africa, particularly during the 19th century. Until the 2nd Anglo-Boer War broke out in 1899, relatively few, if any, South Africans travelled to India. A BOER IN BANGALORE is centred around the impressions that India, and in particular Bangalore, made on an observant Boer leader who was taken to India in 1901.

 

 

 

 

 

Fact and fiction are woven together in this historical adventure: the story of the life of a pioneer. A Jewish lad sets off from Bavaria in 1849, and sails to Cape Town. Rapidly, he acquires a fortune by running a successful trading post in remote Aliwal North. Fate, which appears to have favoured him, can play unfortunate tricks. His life takes a turn for the worse, and this has tragic consequences... read about the author's pioneering forefather in ALIWAL.

 

 

 

 

 

This best-selling book about Adam Yamey's fascination with Albania contains a description of a visit made to the country during the last year of its Stalinist dictator's life in 1984. This book, ALBANIA ON MY MIND, provides insights of what it was like in Enver Hoxha's Albania at a time when the country was even more impenetrable than North Korea is today. 

 

 

 

 

 

SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ is about a country that no longer exists. Join the author in his many travels through Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s. This profusely illustrated book is an affectionate appreciation of a lost era. 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Ottoman Turks invaded the Balkans in the 15th century, many Albanians crossed the Adriatic to escape from them. some of them settled in Sicily. Their ancestors still live in Sicily today. After more than 500 years of 'exile' ans surrounded by Italian speakers and culture, they have not forgotten their language, religion, and traditions. Adam Yamey has written a book about these people, whose mother tongue is a form of Albanian. FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY is part historical and part travelogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set in the wilds of southern Africa in the 1870s, this adventure novel, ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE, is inspired by reality. Jakob Klein is desperately trying to earn enough to look after his young family. His questionable business ethics get him into bad trouble with the law and is thrown into jail. His family forced to flee from their home in Rouxville, leave him to an uncertain fate.

 

 

Adam Yamey's coming-of-age stories are set in three continents during the 1950s, 60s and '70s. They explore a wide selection of topics ranging from St John the Baptist's index finger to John F Kennedy's untimely death, from Archimedes bath to Pearl Harbor, from Mozart to Mussolini, and much more. The reader will encounter many celebrities including artists, economists, musicians, philosophers, and millionaires, as well as a US politician and a judge. Join the author on a series of memorable and sometimes unusual journeys made during his youth, and discover which malevolent dictator's hand he shook and whether Charlie Chaplin really did wave to him. CHARLIE CHAPLIN WAVED TO ME is an amusing journey into the past.

 

 

 

Ants, bacon, collagen, and chlorine. These are not the first things that usually spring to mind when thinking about summers in Greece. The holidays that Adam Yamey spent in this country in the 1970s and 1980s with the professor and his wife were far from ordinary. BETWEEN OLYMPUS AND AEGEAN provides an affectionate portrait of two remarkable people with whom the author spent many unconventional vacations. It also describes  a Europe which has undergone many transformations since these trips were made. Adam's book is richly illustrated with his own photographs, many of them showing places that time has changed beyond recognition.