It gives me great pleasure to be able to introduce my
non-fiction travel literature book Teaching
English in a Foreign Land available on Kindle: amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, also available on paperback. Also available on the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
If you’re a fan of my blog then you’ll love my book, even if I do say so
myself. Before I go on to tell you a bit more about why I wrote this book,
including an explanation for the front cover, here’s the blurb.
Follow Barry around the world as he tells the story of how teaching
English as a foreign language changes his life. After doing a TEFL course in
London, he flies to South America alone. He has no job to go to but hopes that
teaching English will fund his travels – ultimately, it opens up opportunities
all over the world.
During Barry’s two-year TEFL adventure he has several nervy encounters
with local louts in Ecuador and Brazil, collapses after a trip to Machu Picchu,
gets stuck next to ecstasy raving loonies
and a transvestite on a Greyhound Bus across America, struggles to settle Down
Under, finds himself working for strict Catholic nuns in Bangkok, and meets some
sex mad Babushkas on the Trans-Mongolian railway.
This book is essential for anyone who wants to see how rewarding it can
be to teach English in a foreign land.
Why did I write this book?
I wrote this book
to inspire travellers, teachers, and
recently finished University students to get out there to experience the
fantastic world of TEFL. This is the book I would love to have had when I
finished University and wanted to travel the word while earning a living.
My story of
teaching English round the world shows that travelling alone is difficult, but
with determination and luck you can meet amazing people who can help you
achieve your ambitions. With the current economic crisis, the TEFL industry is
expanding every year. There are many reference books on how to teach English as a foreign language, yet few teachers have written travel books about their real life
experiences living abroad.
My family and close friends know how long.
“Have you finished that book yet?”
“What, you’re editing it again?”
“Are you writing the next War and Peace?”
Those were just a few typical questions I’ve heard
over the last seven years. That’s right, I’m
not ashamed to admit it, but that’s how long I’ve been writing this book for.
It was encouragement from family and my wife (girlfriend
at the time) that made me realize I had a story to tell. After positive feedback from a couple of short stories
I decided to write a book so others could see what it's really like to travel
the world and teach English.
At first, I didn’t really know how to write, some might say that I still
don’t, but it’s taken me a long time to become a writer. First I wrote down all
my memories from the trip, going through old emails, diary extracts, and
looking at photos. In the meantime I read loads of travel literature books and
self help books about how to write. After a year I had all my memories down,
but one small problem; there were over 600 pages. So I decided to write two
I spent a year or so editing and produced a book called ‘Struggles,
muggings, and naughty Latin lies,’ which I sent off to plenty of publishers and
agents in London. Meanwhile I got on with the second book. A year or two later, after lots of rejections, reading even more travel books, and doing a writing course, I edited the two
books into one. After another year of trying to find a publisher and agent I’ve
decided to go down the self-publishing route.
Well, for the actual story about what happened, you’ll have to read the
book I’m afraid. However, I can tell you that he’s not swearing. I met him at
Ankor Wat, Cambodia, and we had a good chat, which does explain why he has two
As you can see from my blog I’m doing a DELTA, so my book writing has
been put on hold. I’m half way through a fictional novel based on flamenco in Seville, but
that won’t be out for a while, hopefully not another seven years though.
I’ve really enjoyed writing Teaching
English in a Foreign Land and it’s an exciting moment for me that people
can, hopefully, enjoy reading my story. I have to thank a lot of people, which I’ve
done in the acknowledgements page; you know who you are. The only thing I’d ask is that if you enjoy
reading my book then spread the word, leave a comment on my blog, and leave a
review on my amazon page or lulu.
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