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In 2005 my partner Christiane and I found ourselves, almost by accident, in Mongolia. We were midway through The Big Trip East, which was supposed to be all about China, Russia and the Trans-Siberian Railway. But as the years went by and other memories faded, it was the 16 unscheduled days in Mongolia that stayed in my mind.
In 2010, having contemplated the idea for years, I decided to commit the memories to paper. The result is a book, "Hold the Dog!: 16 Days in Mongolia", from which 10% of the proceeds are split between two Mongolian charities: CAMDA and the Yamaa Trust. As of December 2013, £200 has been donated.
Mongolia is a fascinating place to visit, and I heartily recommend it to anyone. If you're thinking of going, have already been, or are just the slightest bit curious, then you may find my book enjoyable. And even if you don't, the charities will still benefit, so you're money's not entirely wasted.
I was born in 1975 in Rochdale, UK, where I grew up. In 1993 I left to go to university in Bath, and remained in the south of England until 2001, when I returned to the north-west to live in Manchester. I stayed in Manchester, apart from The Big Trips East and West, until 2007. Since then I have been living in London with my partner Christiane. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.