A Donkey Called Oddsock


Travel with a book

I don’t need to tell you that there are various ways of travelling. And with concern about the climate and environment, more people are looking to stay local where possible. Irrespective of your views on travel and the climate, you can always go on a journey with a book – there’s a diverse choice at TSL.
However, if you’re more interested in types and means of travel or stories about travelling, here are a few to whet your appetite:

Train Alive – the train blueprint for what became known as the Dwight Eisenhower after WW2. During the war it was the train which transported Eisenhower around England.
If trains are not your thing, perhaps boats are:
How to be a popular crew by Dave Robson gives good advice on how to get along with fellow sailors on a yacht. I think it’s good advice for any team work scenario while also helping confirm whether you are suited to life working in confined spaces with others for a period of time.
Mary Moore Mason was involved in USA-British aviation history – read about it and other travel encounters in her memoir Goodbye Hoop Skirts – Hello World!.
Another travel memoir is that by Margaret Moore who shares how she saw Sri-Lanka over a number of visits in From Sri Lanka with Love.
Not all about travel but a fascinating insight into how people left Germany in 1934 for other countries, there’s From the Reich to Rhodesia by Peter Sternberg which also tells of how a young boy adapted to a new country.
Then there’s always time travel – something Nick Horgan embarks on in his collection of poetry and short stories – Memories of Time Travel
And, as we know travel encounters can be rather obscure – this is brought home in Rajeshwar Prasad’s play – The Travellers.
Other journey stories are the Tow Path series by Beatrice Holloway, and John Samson’s A donkey called Oddsock.
This is just a taster – there’s always Ray Wooster, Robbie Cheadle, Linda Kane and others who all have travel as a feature in their catalogues.


Horses and donkeys

In days gone by, horses and donkeys were important for transport. Today in many rural settings, they can still be found performing similar functions whilst in more affluent areas, horses are a hobby and income earner through racing. They feature in fiction and non-fiction books alike. Here’s a sample of what horses featuring on covers by TSL authors:

Three books concern the Anglo-Boer or South African war on 1899-1902, two of which are non-fiction: British Military Chaplaincy and Religion in South Africa 1899-1902 and Practically Over. The third is a novel by Robberta Eaton Cheadle, A Ghost and His Gold.

Two others are children’s books – a working horse features in Towing Path Tales while The Amorous Adventures of Big Ben, a Shire horse, tells of a horse all alone in a field, his work done, finding love.

Family are the Friends you Choose is an autobiography by Marthe Kiley-Worthington who forms relationships with animals, and horses in particular, that are close to human. Ever heard of a horse in a kitchen and watching television?
Another autobiography is that by Ray Wooster, My 30’s and 40’s Childhood featuring his toy horse. Ray goes on to write about horses in his A Boy’s War Journal, a novel set in and post-World War 2 London.

Finally, John Samson’s A Donkey called Oddsock, a novel, set somewhere in Africa, tells of a donkey’s journey as he and his young master try to avoid being recruited as child soldiers.