“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Auntie May in Libya, part 2

Rita’s husband, whose nickname was Fatty, was always charming and treated his mother-in-law most royally whenever she visited Libya. My Auntie May was a happy-go-lucky Cockney, politically unaware and blissfully ignorant of her son-in-law’s standing in the Libyan regime. When she went to Libya, she had a good time. She thought nothing of having first to fly to Switzerland to get a connecting flight to enter the rogue state, sprouting with terrorists. In her own words, Libyan holidays were not too bad at all. Nice and warm and lots and lots of sand.


ChrisJ said...

Nicknames used to be so unkind and now would be considered politically incorrect. But sometimes a good healthy dose of reality would do some of those politically correct people some good.I love that description "a happy-go-lucky Cockney" and now I am remembering that one of the reasons I liked your book so much was because of the colorfully apt descriptions of your characters.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Thank you Chris, that's very kind. And I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the book, it means a lot.