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Compared with other places in India (for example: Rajasthan, Kerala, Kashmir, the Himalayas, and Goa), Gujarat is relatively unvisited by foreign and Indian tourists. The author saw no more than about twelve foreigners during his two months in Gujarat and its two former Portuguese enclaves, Daman and Diu. Most of those whom he saw were in Diu. 

The area is rich in historic sights, traditional folk-crafts, vibrant cities, unspoilt beaches, and fascinating, friendly people.  

Adam Yamey hopes that this book, which is a travelogue rather than a guide-book, will help to introduce the delights of Gujarat to more people. Although he was unable to visit everywhere, he believes that he got a good 'taste' of what Gujarat and its lovely people have to offer the visitor. 





 Between 1965 and 1970, I studied at Highgate School (founded 1565). Its main Victorian gothic building perches on the summit of Highgate Hill. About two fifths of a mile south east of the school, an architecturally unexceptional late Victorian residential building stands on Cromwell Avenue (number 65). Although this brick edifice may not look special, it harbours the ghosts of a lesser-known episode in the history of India's struggle for independence from the British Empire. The only thing that hints at the interesting history of number 65 is a blue plaque commemorating the fact that the Indian patriot and philosopher Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a father of Hindu nationalism, lived there once.

In 1905, a wealthy barrister and scholar of Sanskrit, Shyamji Krishnavarma, bought number 65 Cromwell Avenue and named it 'India House'. He intended it to be a home away from home for Indian students studying in England. However, it became more than that. It became a centre where Indian politics was discussed and acted upon.

Very soon, India House became the nucleus for Indians who wanted India to break free from the British Empire by any means possible. These included: sending propaganda and literature (including bomb-making manuals) regarded as 'subversive' and 'treasonable' by the British to India; smuggling weapons and ammunition into India; and political assassinations both in England and India. Valentine Chirol, the Foreign Editor of the Times newspaper wrote that India House was "…the most dangerous organisation outside India…". As such, India House was under the constant vigilance of Scotland Yard, but despite this, its members were able to carry out real-life exploits that rivalled the derring-do of characters in John Buchan's fiction.

Apart from Krishnavarma, those who congregated or lived at India House included well-known Indian patriots such as Madame Bhikaiji Cama, VVS Aiyar, VD Savarkar, Lala Lajpat Rai, Madan Lal Dhingra, and Har Dayal. The place was also visited by MK Gandhi (the future 'Mahatma'), Charlotte Despard, David Garnett, Dadabhai Naoroji, and VI Lenin.

India House thrived until late 1909. During that year, one of its members carried out an assassination in London. After that deadly deed, activities at India House declined rapidly, and it was closed for ever by the beginning of 1910.

My  book, "Ideas, Bombs, and Bullets", describes the history of Highgate's India House and the activities that originated there. In addition, it explores the ideas that led Krishnavarma to 'create' India House and the lives led by people who lived in, or congregated, at the place. Also, it contains the background to the replica of 65 Cromwell Road that can now be viewed and entered by visitors to Kutch, an arid part of the western Indian state of Gujarat.

Until I visited Kutch in 2018, forty-eight years after leaving Highgate School, I had not known that my alma-mater is situated so close to the site of such an exciting short episode in the history of anti-colonialism. Boldly, I suggest that this story is also unknown to most pupils, who have attended Highgate School since 1905. Furthermore, Highgate's India House and Shyamji Krishnavarma are practically unknown amongst many educated Indians, with whom I have spoken. I hope that "Ideas, Bombs, and Bullets" will help to make the exploits and aspirations of the members of India House more widely known.






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."




 "Born in Breslau: a Jewish Scholar in Prussia" is about the challenges that Jews living in Prussia had to deal with in order to further their careers.

Until Hitler's rise to power, Breslau (now Wroclaw) had one of the largest Jewish communities in Germany. In 1814, the author's ancestor Nathan Ginsberg was born in the city at a time when Reform Judaism was in its ascendancy. In this book, his education is described in detail to illustrate the difficulties and decisions that Jews in Prussia had to face before members of his faith were given more freedoms in the latter part of the 19th century.

The author also provides a traveller's guide to some of the places that Ginsberg might have known in his lifetime, and what is left of them today.

Fully illustrated with monochrome images and some maps.






 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 Indian 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. IMPRISONED IN INDIA is centred around the impressions that India, and in particular Bangalore, made on an observant Boer leader who was taken to India in 1901 as a prisoner of war during the 2nd Boer War . This illustrated book also deals with racism and the Indians, who lived in South Africa.





 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  - Once upon a time in Yugoslavia - 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.