Donald Dunham, an American diplomat stationed in Bucharest, said this about Romanians in 1948: “The Romanians are a social phenomenon. As a nation among nations, they are westerners evolved in the East. They are Latins surrounded by Slavs. They are Romans two thousand years away from Rome. They are contemporaries re-produced on Trajan’s Column. “They are peasants with the utmost in sophistication. They farm instinctively, … Continue reading Romanians in 1948… and now?
A Stake in Transylvania – the English edition of my book first published in Romanian translation (Din Liverpool în Carpati) – is now published, at long last. The book was launched with a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Bucharest, where the guests from business, the book world, the British community and friends heard Ambassador Andrew Noble extol the book as a paean to … Continue reading It’s out – and proud
Another jolly interview, thanks to Transylvania Beyond – lots of photos in this one. Continue reading By bat or magic carpet
Thanks to the Romania Journal for some keen questions in yesterday’s interview. I opted to be candid, since cautious answers make for an anodyne read… What do you think – should I have responded more neutrally? Continue reading Candour or caution?
On the first day of Bookfest 2019 in Bucharest, I had an audience to talk about my book A Stake in Transylvania. This is how much I enjoyed it. Thanks to Bookfest’s clever photographer… And at the very end of the day, as a very unexpected bonus, the British Ambassador introduced me to one Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania. And to my great surprise, he … Continue reading What a day! Bookfest 2019
Following on from Bucharest’s spring fair Bookfest, I wrote the cover feature for OZB magazine. I plan to write more, to give an airing to various aspects of Romania’s book world – not just to give readers a better idea of how much value they get for their 40 lei, but to spot opportunities in the publishing world and to highlight good practice and book … Continue reading Book world in the spotlight
Another little TV slot – this time on Kanal D – which has brought some more enthusiastic Romanians to my digital door. Thank you, Kanal D! I love the caption to my silliest photo (can you see I’m typing in ski mitts?): “She gave a kingdom for a Romanian hamlet.” George Cat, Papi Dog, my neighbour Georgi and her two cows all appear. Let me … Continue reading Official: I’m an eccentric, says Kanal D
Beautiful TV presenter Ioana Mihalca and her expert crew came to see me in Magura last month, and made a charming 8-minute film from their afternoon’s visit. They also talked to my neighbour Roxana, and my friends from Zarnesti, Dan and Luminita Marin. The resulting film was broadcast on the show Bonton at the end of November. What do you think? Continue reading Digi24 comes to tea
The latest Floss review came in today, from Alex Tatulescu who lives near London. I hope you can read the image – it’s so nice to read his letter as he wrote it. In case the image isn’t quite clear enough, you can read his review here. And yes, Alex, I’ve already started the next book. It’s set in the same village, but it’s a … Continue reading Is it safe to publish?
In my piece in the second issue of OZB (O Zi Buna) magazine, expats (aka migrants) tell me what they love and hate about their chosen home. Food, traffic, music, steps, bureaucracy, architecture, people, people and people… Includes contributions from Shajjad Rizvi (left) and Karam Alsaty. Continue reading Romania: passions and pet peeves