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Book Title: The Mystery of Granny's Ghost|
The author of the book: Neil W.J. Smith
ISBN 13: 9781304722577
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 740 KB
Date of issue: April 1st 2012
Read full description of the books The Mystery of Granny's Ghost:I received a signed copy of The Mystery of Granny’s Ghost A True Story of Princes and Paupers and a Ghost With a Secret Across Five Countries from Goodreads Giveaways and the author Neil WJ Smith. I really appreciated the chance to read this book. Loved that Neil took the time to write “To Sharon With Best Wishes Neil WJ Smith”.
While I received an email notification that I was to get a copy of this book I was away travelling in and around South America for a month. So after travelling for 30 hours on 3 separate flights from Guayaquil to Santiago to Auckland and finally home to Melbourne I picked up The Mystery of Granny’s Ghost and read the preface….. here is the author flying off to Chicago and runs into travel problems! I so related to this.
I loved the writing style and sense of humour straight away. This continued throughout the whole book and while there are parts that are easy to read, the historical exploration and journey required more careful attention and concentration. Mind you, saying that, Neil continued to pop up with comments that added extra interest.
I enjoyed reading about Neil’s life and his journey to writing this book and the research he undertook. His adventures in the Australian country area in Victoria while he tries to find his feet after losing everything were touching but entertaining. His romantic adventures in New York and later on in rural Italy were incredible and intriguing. His trip to England when he was virtually penniless was amazing - and finding himself in locations that closely related to his historical research was wonderfully portrayed.
This was a fun book to read and I am certainly interested in reading other books written by Neil WJ Smith.
I would highly recommend this book as an unusual and intriguing journey undertaken by an “untypical Aussie male”.
Read information about the authorMY FIRST TIP: DO WHAT YOU LOVE WHATEVER IT TAKES. SECOND TIP: TAKE ONE STEP AND THE NEXT MOVE WILL COME TO YOU IF IT'S RIGHT. THIRD TIP: IF IT DOESN'T, MOVE ON. As an innocent teenager I replied to an ad for 'FREE WRITING TESTS' and was overwhelmed to receive a pass (well, of course I did) plus an invitation to enrol in a correspondence course on copywriting. I was so disappointed that I couldn't afford to do the course. Soon after, on leaving high school, I landed a job as a messenger boy in the advertising department of a large Melbourne retail sore. So began my writing career which led me through some of the hottest ad agencies culminating in my own one-man freelance copywriting business. I had a priceless hands-on course in writing. My true writing dreams were set on fire when a true mystery fell into my lap and I was on a plane to New York, then to Regency England and, later, to northern Italy on a romantic adventure worthy of a Hollywood movie. Now I really had something to write about, all this when I was nudging 50. After self-publishing 'The Mystery of Granny's Ghost' I settled down close to my family to live "The Writer's Life", alone, close to my two grown daughters and two adorable granddaughters, in a quiet fishing village and seaside resort across the bay from Melbourne, where I've written 3 further non-fiction books (with more to come).
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