Historical novel set mainly in Asia, London and USA
Location(s): The Maldives
Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
Era(s): early 2000s
This is the frank and often funny account of a very brave woman. After many years of marriage and raising a family, Liz Banks found herself alone. Her response? To take a voluntary posting in a different country and culture, completely isolated from everything and everybody she knew. Her brief was to teach midwifery, but the reality entailed much more than that. There were the considerable barriers of language and custom, and an absence of facilities and support. Without the comfort of contact with family and friends, she wrote a monthly newsletter, along with a journal and other writings, to record her impressive assimilation into this new culture. This book brings together Liz Banks’ travel and autobiographical writing. It includes a wealth of detail normally omitted from such works. The result brings an unusual insight into the motivation and experience of those who have the tenacity to bounce back against all odds.
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