Ben Gilbert

Biography

Hi - this is Ben here !

A bit about me, so - I set up 2 trekking agencies in Nepal from scratch - the first one, a wild one, was World Peace Treekiing (P) Ltd, documented in the true adventure journal - The World Peace Journals. The second one, TheBlueSpace Co-operative is still going - http://thebluespace.com - but I got fed up with going to Nepal all the time, so.....

These days I lead hikes and combine them with life coaching, usually for individuals and often in Europe, more often in the Basque country Pyrennes of Spain and France, oh, and Mallorca - but anywhere the job is really.

I write poetry - often political or just down right rude - it's quick and simple and doesn't take a year or more.

My novel - No Place Like Home is fiction but all the geography is true, set in the Pyrenees and Africa in the 1960s becasue there was no internet or mobile technology so things happen slowly at a human pace.

I live in the UK and teach English occasionally.

I'm a Fellow of The Royal Geographicl Society, a cayoning guide, a bushwalking guide - that's what is says on my bits of paper anyway....

Enjoy the reads - they're cheap like me !

Connect with Ben Gilbert:
Websites : http://thebluespace.com - http//bengilbertguide.com
Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/NPLH
Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NPLH
Amazon author page :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ben-Gilbert/e/B00GB9IWAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, that's a big question ! I think for pure descriptions of landscape that makes it so clear to the reader, as if you are there treading every steep and experiencing the geography being described, there can be no better book than Hemingway's, Green Hills of Africa. Outstanding !

For a story full of drama and landscape (yes, landscape is a big one for me) with tough gritty characters who tell the story of how the American West was made and how the landscape was ravaged and nature reduced to a mere product, Peter Matthiessen's Killing Mr. Watson.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a Biafran soap opera; an important book because it tell the tragic story of the Ibos and their systematic and deliberate starvation through an easy read - a subject that would be normally difficult and inaccessible to most. This is a favourite of mine because my own novel, No Place Like Home, is partially set in Nigeria during the civil war and this book gave me a completely different perspective on the war. My own knowledge comes from a mercenary who fought against the Ibos, shot their commanding officer because they were offered more money by fighting for the Ibos - such is war - and he spent 6 weeks being pursued out of the county in the most beautiful landscapes. It's from this nameless guy and from Half of a Yellow Sun that I built a picture up to write about.

Jean Genet's, The Thief's Journal turns the world on its head. What a life that guy lived ! And somehow through all the poverty and hard times he finds it right to celebrate that which most would find abhorrent. A real eye opener for me alright !

It's tricky to name number 5 in this list; there are so many important and favourite books ! But here I just want to mention 1984 - a vision of the future which we are now making - George Orwell saw it all coming - Big Brother and absolute control of people by fear and manipulation - in this age of technology we seem to have such a complacency to actually what's happening - it just sucks us in - a brilliant book, brilliantly written and so simple.
What do you read for pleasure?
Trashy novels usually ! I won't name any here as some authors may not like the word 'trashy' !

I like the ease of simplicity, a read that takes me along and surprises me - definitely not one that is written by formula or one that is scared to go its own way.

Also I am a fan of magazines - you know the old fashioned ones that you can hold in your hand, screw up, push into a backpack, spill tea on, tear a page out, give to someone or leave on a train - outdoor magazines, 4x4 mags, boat mags, Rolling Stone mag....etc
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Where to find Ben Gilbert online


Where to buy in print


Books

Breast Fed by Telephone
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Price: Free! Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of modern poetry, from playful and provocative to profound and poignant, through these poems Ben Gilbert shares his unique and refreshing perspective on many aspects of modern living.
The World Peace Journals
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,800. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
A Himalayan Journey into Madness, Mayhem and Adventure ! "Adventure as it should be - just do it and damn the rest!" - Ian Thurlby, founder of The Blue Space Guides' Co-operative.
No Place Like Home
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,130. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A perilous journey full of love, deception and delusion. "This will be a book for the decade. A true and gritty adventure, but with so much real humanity and emotion bursting out of every page." - Elizabeth Dalkeith.