Author of sci-fi and travelogue humour
A Syria Situation
A Syria Situation is another
day-by-day account of a wildlife
expedition presented in the same
style as that of Brian on the
Brahmaputra. It therefore features
Brian and his wife, Sandra, again –
and another set of middle-aged
Brits, this time making their way
around a country in the Middle
East that probably houses more
antiquities than it does visible
wildlife. However, this expedition
was made well before anybody
suspected that Syria would start to
tear itself apart.
This means that a book that was
written to be irreverent, provocative – and amusing – and has not been changed in any way since it was written – has now become something more. It has become a window onto what Syria once was – and what it could be in the future. It cannot be claimed to be a very clear window, as many of the perspectives in the book are, with the benefit of hindsight, more than a little distorted. But others are almost prescient.
Some people will consider A Syria Situation to be a very badly timed book and a book that points to a deplorable degree of insensitivity on the part of its author. Nevertheless, this author maintains that all those perspectives on this unfortunate country, whether distorted or prescient, ultimately lead to the conclusion that the Syrian people are, above all else, extremely resilient. Anybody striving to bring an enlightened peace to Syria should therefore not be offended by this book, but only encouraged by it – as well as being ‘entertained’ by it.
It is part of seven-part series that details Brian and Sandra’s travels to Assam, Syria, Borneo, Cape Verde, Namibia/Botswana and Morocco - and in due course, Zambia.
Website by Aimee Bell on behalf of Matador
The bed had creaked. It was one of those beds that creaked at the slightest provocation; a micro-adjustment of the hip, the tiniest turn of the head – or even an involuntary clench of the pelvic floor – and it registered all these events with a loud and annoying creak. It hadn’t been very conducive to a restful night.