Latest News: Sep 2016

Shadow Trails At the moment I am putting together my third book Shadow Trails, a collection of travel stories based around the theme of 'dark tourism'. Printed in full colour on high quality paper, it should soon be finished and for sale. Click here for more details.

Another project that I recently helped with, is a documentary on Micronations. The team contacted me, after reading an article I wrote on the 2015 Micronations Conference for The Telegraph, coming over from California to interview me and a number of other participants.

I have a new feature in Perceptive Travel about the micronation of Uzupis, called In Search of a State. They also recently featured another article I wrote called Colombia: Crime and Punishment.

The Kindle version of Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves has now been downloaded from Amazon by over 20,000 readers. I am also hopeful that a third edition of the paperback will be published some time next year. If you like the book, then any reviews on Amazon or Goodreads would be appreciated.

Photography: Ecuador and Colombia

Israel I've recently returned from a trip to Ecuador & Colombia, visiting many of the highlights of both countries. On the way across to South America from the UK, I also stopped over in New York for three days, immediately preceding the snow storms.

At the moment I am planning new articles on both the underground graffiti and street art scene in Bogota, and also on on the controversial exploitation of Pablo Escobar's notorious crimes, as a mainstream tourist attraction.

Chernobyl: Mutate and Survive

Chernobyl Nearly thirty years after the nuclear power plant disaster at Chernobyl, both tourism and wildlife are thriving within the exclusion zone.

'It's good, isn't it?' said our driver, pointing to a battered children's tricycle 'abandoned' next to the shell of a vandalized, grey Soviet building. 'I brought it over yesterday.' We looked up from our viewfinders for a second before returning to the process of capturing such a photogenic image, while sweating in our long sleeved shirts... Read More

The World through Graphic Novels

The World through Graphic Novels Some of the best travel writing of the 21st century has taken the form of the graphic novel.

It wasn't really until 1986, when Art Spiegelman's Maus was published - a tale inspired by Speigelman's Holocaust surviving father, in which Nazis are depicted as Cats, and Jews as mice - that graphic novels first began to be taken seriously as a medium for depicting historical and non-fiction events. This hugely successful work of art went on to win a Pulitzer Prize... Read More

 

Desert Search

As we clattered through the Kyzylkum desert in the battered shared taxi, the driver reached across and offered me some pills. When I asked him what they were, he shrugged. Sometimes the drivers would take nicotine pills rather than smoking, but chewing tobacco had already been passed around. When it was time to spit out the dregs, they would push open their doors and gob out huge streams of brown spittle into the passing desert. If the timing were wrong and the wind in the wrong direction, then the back seat passengers would be splattered with the chewed out remains. I was wary of accepting an unknown quantity of...

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Last Chance

The two young Aussie guys in their bright white shirts couldn't hide their disappointment. As the various day trippers had trudged back on to the Fraser Explorer four wheel drive bus, several had looked over to them quizzically. They looked a bit too smart to be on our bus. "We're custom officials" they said, cheerfully. They weren't really. They were trying to flog fifteen minute flights over Fraser Island for seventy five Australian dollars a head. Apparently this was great value, we'd see all the highlights from a bird's eye view - maybe even some dolphins and sting rays - and we wouldn't miss any of the...

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Full Length Books

Tearing up the Silk Road

Two Globes A 100,000 word travelogue detailing a journey from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus.

Click here to view more details and the original book blurb for the back cover. You could also check out some of my initial ideas for book cover designs, view the final printed cover and check out the slide show.

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Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves

My second full-length travel book revolves around an overland journey through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali.

The book is now available in both print and eBook editions. Check out the West Africa Photo Gallery to view some pictures from this journey or view the full print version of the book cover.

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Free eBooks

Turkmenbashi's Land of Fairy Tales

A Short Break in Libya

To Camels from Cows: Algeria Overland

All of these short eBooks are available for free in a variety of formats for use on such eReaders as Kindle, Nook and Sony Touch. After downloading the books in Kindle, Epub, RTF, PDB or PDF format, they can then be copied over to the eReader of your choice.

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Contact Me

If you would like to get in touch, then you can me email me at tom@tomcoote.net