James Clarke

Biography

The author, James Clarke, works from Johannesburg and has published more than 30 books in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa. For most of his career he was a science writer specialising in environmental issues mainly in Africa.
He wrote the keynote book for the World Summit in 2002 - "Coming Back to Earth".
His books have been about natural history, environment and cultural history but over the last few years he has made a name as a writer of humorous books - mostly autobiographical.

He lives in Johannesburg from where he writes a thrice weekly humour column in The Star which is syndicated by Independent Newspapers.

He has been described as "South Africa's Best Humour Columnist" (SA's Comedy
Awards) and "South Africa's funniest columnist" (Financial Mail).

Where to find James Clarke online


Books

Recalculating . . .
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,520. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
The title of his latest e-book , Recalculating, suggested itself to Clarke when he read that in the UK “half the travellers who use GPS devices in their cars, end up in a field” and that it "led one fellow to deliver a jumping castle to an old age home”. He tells how he summited Everest; how he deals with foreign languages and he recounts of his true but misdirected adventures in Africa.
Golf - The Funny Side
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,770. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Golf
One hundred and twenty thousand years ago an apeman, Ug Blankenthorpe, picked up a stick with a knob on the end. He instinctively liked it and started using it for hunting small mammals and striking people he didn't like. But he also had fun hitting small stones with it. To understand the evolution of the game read James Clarke’s fascinating history of golf.
Sex for the Terribly Shy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
James Clarke takes the Mickey (if you’ll forgive the expression) out of magazines that dish out advice on sex. He claims their editors fail to realise how their sex articles badly shock many, like himself, who were brought up during last century. He points out it is no good sexologists writing about how to find your partner’s G-spot when most people out there can’t even find a decent parking spot.
The Yellow Six
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,830. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This hilarious autobiography is about a band of six Boy Scouts who, during World War 2, collected silver paper for recycling into the Spitfires and Hurricanes which swept the German Luftwaffe from British skies. Read about their hardships – as they went house to house seeking work on “Bob-a-Job Day” and villagers would fend them off by painting white crosses on their doors.
Blazing Bicycle Saddles
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,820. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
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This is the very funny story of six South Africans - mainly writers - who, on a whim, decide to explore "Darkest Europe and bring back to Africa stories about its strange natives". On hired bikes (none had cycled since childhood) they began with a 1 000 kilometre ride down the Danube. Over the years many other regions were explored. The story is told by their not terribly good leader.

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