I have set myself the (rather ambitious) goal of seeing 3 books published during 2019. These will be available from this site, online wherever you buy your ebooks (Amazon, kindle, etc) and in print format (hardcover and softcover). I hope that someone other than my mum will be interested in reading them (although if it is just you mum, that is OK too!).
I am also actively seeking advance readers who might be interested in reading a draft now and writing a review ahead of publication. If that is you, please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man Mission –
My first novel
Four friends take a week-long adventure trip – hiking, biking, or kayaking – each year, for fifteen years, starting in their late 20s.
In the course of their travels, they hitch a ride with drug dealers in New Zealand, down kava shots on Fijian beaches, come face-to-face with a roaring lion in South Africa, luxuriate in a resort intended only for Vietnamese Communist officials, trek to Machu Picchu, and go ice climbing in Iceland. Along the way they get married, start families, establish careers, and do all the stuff upright men are supposed to do. But when the challenges of real life come into conflict with the perfect lives they are supposed to be living, their friendship, and the yearly Man Mission, become something much more than an annual getaway – a source of stability, and a place to find redemption.
Part travel narrative and part roman à clef, Man Mission follows four regular guys across fifteen years, on an international, adventure-packed, humor-filled search for meaning and purpose. In a world where the traditional rules of “being a man” are no longer clear.
Head Waggling in Delhi – Travel tales from a journey around India
Coming June 2019
Previously published in serial form on this blog, now completely re-edited and presented in book form for the first time.
India’s mystical allure has for centuries drawn in visitors in search of enlightenment, riches, romance, and adventure. In the mid 1990’s, Eytan Uliel and his girlfriend set off on a journey of discovery, leaving behind the comforts of Sydney to backpack in India for four months. Limited to a budget of twelve dollars a day, they lived, ate and travelled like locals. The journey around the sub-continent took them north to south, east to west: from the holy city of Varanasi to the modern-day playground of Mumbai; from the deserts fortresses of Rajasthan to the bucolic backwaters of Kerala. Along the way they sipped tea in Darjeeling, experienced a train ride from hell to Madras, got bit parts in a Bollywood film, ogled at the incomparable Taj Mahal, hung with hippies in Goa, and met a whole lifetimes’ worth of fascinating, entertaining, memorable characters. Head Waggling in Delhi offers a timeless insight into life on the road in India – the good, the bad, and the downright bizarre – filled with wry observation, affection, and humor.
Leah’s Legacy –
A World of Being Jewish
Coming Late 2019
An anthology of Jewish stories from this blog (and a few new ones). The perfect Chanukah 2019 gift!
“I am Jewish”. Three words that are so easy to say, but so hard to explain. Judaism expresses itself in any one of a thousand different ways – as a religion, a culture, a history, a nationhood, community, or even just a personal story. And Jewish stories can be found everywhere – from the “heartlands” of Israel and New York to the furthest flung corners of the globe. In the course of almost 20 years of travels, I have bumped into Jews and all things Jewish in places as diverse as Havana in Cuba, Helsinki in Finland, Beijing in China an the rain forests of Indonesia. Experiences and encounters that have gone some way, at least for me, to answering what it means to say “I am Jewish.” And, they are pretty good stories too!