Football was my first love, following Manchester City from afar and Exeter City locally. I count my first ever visit to Manchester to watch City at their former Maine Road ground as one of the greatest days of my life.
I first dipped my toe into independent travel waters in 1987 - a three week train adventure around Europe. Getting escorted out of the then Yugoslavia as a young travel virgin under armed guard set the tone and hooked me in for good!
I have now travelled in over sixty-five countries and am always planning that next trip.
I also have a passion for writing and have put this to good use, publishing my first travel book and starting my travel blog in 2014.
I also had a football related book commissioned in 2012 telling the story of my passion for Manchester City, which managed to sell pretty well and crack the top 50 football books for a few weeks in the Amazon chart.
I have now embarked on my first fiction book. Watch this space!
Will (Wilbur) Linsdell
When did you first start writing?
Like many I had written a couple of chapters for a travel related book, but that was as far as it went. Then in May 2012 a sporting event happened and an idea for a book instantly popped into my mind. I sketched out the chapter format, wrote a related biography about me and sent off the idea to 3 or 4 publishers who specialised in sports books. Happily one of them commissioned me to write the book. The only challenge was that they wanted it complete by the end of June to capture the pre-season football market. I took on the challenge and managed to meet the deadline.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is based on my travels in the East of Europe. The region fascinates me - it has such a turbulent past and is so diverse geographically and culturally. I find it totally different to Western Europe and that makes a visit there even more special.
Much of my journeys in the region have been by train - over 15,000 KM at an average speed of 53 KMH! The fact that things do not move quickly in that neck of the woods just adds to its charm for me.
My first peep behind the Iron Curtain was in 1987. We got as far as Maribor in the then Yugoslavia, only to be escorted back to Austria under armed guard. You will have to read the book to find out more!
My last visit was in 2014 when I took a train across Turkey to Georgia and on to Armenia. As ever my travel buddy and I encountered a number of mishaps, lots of comical moments and a fair few bizarre characters. You guessed it, its in the book!
Join Wilburthewotsit (Will) as he fuses together the two most monumental seasons in City's recent history - the one spent in the third tier of English football in 1998-99 and the triumphant Premier League season of 2011-12.
The stark contrasts & remarkable similarities to those two seasons are brought to life with passion, feeling & humour - all vital ingredients to what makes a genuine City fan.
Join the author and his best buddy as they embark on character building, life affirming train trips across the east of Europe.
The book describes their often hilarious incident crammed formative travel years of the late 80s & early 90s and then fast-forwards to 2006 when circumstance saw them re-invoke the spirit of budget continental rail travel, in the Balkans.
Get a ticket & enjoy the ride.