Hednesford globetrotting author publishes third book for charity

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Author Geoffrey Leo, of Hednesford, with his third book in a trilogy of these travel books, at Cannock Chase

Geoff Leo, a retired teacher from Hednesford, has just completed the third in a trilogy of travel adventure books.

The 68-year-old retired teacher has just published Elephants In The Sunset, Random Jaunts Around Africa.

Previously, Geoff, who has four children and eight grandchildren, wrote Laughter on The Bus, Random Jaunts Around The Americas and Sunshine on the Water, Random Jaunts Around Asia.

All profits from his books are donated to Compton Care.

Geoff said: “The book takes me from Morocco and my ambition to board the Marrakech Express to Casablanca.

“L’Express was wonderful and while Casablanca was amazing, it didn’t live up to the movie of the name.

“In Tunisia my main reason for being there was to go to the Sahara Desert and Egypt was wonderful with Cairo and the pyramids, but the best thing to do is take a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan where I enjoyed a seven day adventure.

“The book covers 12 chapters and includes my visits to The Gambia and Kenya before the lockdown.

“As I returned last February with my wife Karen, we had to go through Istanbul and there we saw people wearing masks for the first time.

“The crux of the matter is that in my mind I am an adventurer and an explorer, but to my family I am a distracted teacher abroad.

“I am now concerned that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen the end of travel and transportation as we have known it for a few years.

“Books and My Misadventures could be the last great series of travel books.

“During my travels, I discovered Ethiopia to be one of the most foreign countries I have ever visited.

“I was arrested at an airport after I found a bullet in the stairwell and handed it over to a security guard.

“I thought I was doing the right thing, but I found myself wondering why I had taken live ammunition to the airport.

“In Zambia, I almost fell from Niagara Falls during the dry season while trying to jump between rocks and had to be rescued by two young boys.

“However, it was in Botswana that I saw as many as 2,000 elephants gathered around the Chobe River at sunset as they sat in a small boat.”

Geoff is concerned his travel days will now be suspended for three to five years due to the pandemic, but has said he would like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

His book Elephants in the Sunset, Random Jaunts Around Africa is for sale on Amazon for £ 4.99 for the Kindle version and £ 8 for the paperback.

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