Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. A. Long-haul trucker, for example. She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world…doing both just to find out if she could. When excerpts from her first travelogue were published by the Rough Guides she decided to keep on doing both. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes.
This is a genuinely funny book, the hilarious story of an ex-pat truck-driving woman; a not-so-innocent abroad. Well-written and witty, this book tickles the same parts that Bill Bryson reaches, and in much the same way. ~ Michael Hargreave Mawson AVP
Almost Ice Road Truckers, except for the tulip bulbs… “So here’s the plan. I’m going to train to drive a truck and go long-haul. I can get paid and maybe write a book at the same time. What do you reckon?” “Go for it Mum, how bad can it be?” This is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker. She learns how to hit a moose correctly and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies. Nothing goes well, but that’s why there’s a book.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to do a bit of armchair traveling and slip someone else’s life over his or her shoulders. ~ Laurie Boris
Armed with a small child, several degrees in Psychology and twenty years as a paramedic, the author decides she has what it takes to take a job caring for a Canadian senior with Alzheimer’s Disease. This book details more than one journey. The trip across Canada is the easy one, the trip into 24/7 exhaustion and back to the Nazi occupation of Holland in someone else’s mind is more challenging.
Described by readers as a cross between Bridget Jones and Bill Bryson, A Year On Planet Alzheimer is almost the story of an adventure. It isn’t quite a travelogue, despite being largely about places. It would be dereliction of duty to omit to pass comment on the remarkable ceiling at Vancouver Bus Station for example or the remarkable discovery that they don’t turn Niagara Falls off at night.
It is almost the story of a child…what happens when you tell a nine-year-old that travel broadens the mind? What does travel do to a nine-year-old mind? Not to mention living with someone who gets away with being naughty when you can’t. Mainly there is life and the sheer unexpectedness of the way other people live it. Not just the snow dump but the incredulity generated by wanting to see it. It could be the story of an adventure with a few more shimmering sunsets dancing over majestic waves. There are some majestic waves, naturally, but this tale is more obsessed with meatballs. It is therefore the story of an escapade.