In Passing

A Welshman's bizarre adventures from Merthyr to Mecca

Randall Baker

Crimebusting soothsayers, a homicidal optometrist, men who fall off trains or into open graves, a ridiculously over-attentive waitress, an abandoned stripper and a fellow traveller whose huge suitcase is packed solely with alcohol are just a few of the colorful characters populating this comical book.
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Y Lolfa
Illustration :
24 b/w line drawings
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781784617226
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
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$14.99

Overview
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Crimebusting soothsayers, a homicidal optometrist, men who fall off trains or into open graves, a ridiculously over-attentive waitress, an abandoned stripper and a fellow traveler whose huge suitcase is packed solely with alcohol are just a few of the colorful characters populating this comical book. In Passing is an unusual collection of fascinating, offbeat anecdotes from the life of a much-travelled professor from Merthyr. The stories get more and more unlikely – though are all true! Randall Baker has a real talent for making the mundane marvellous, in an engaging, humorous style with echoes of P G Wodehouse. He shares some of the more unusual – and often inexplicable– incidents from his life, starting with roots deep in the soil of Wales and then venturing out from Merthyr to more exotic locations such as the Netherlands, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Fiji and Mecca. Holding everything together is an infectious sense of Welsh humor, especially in handling the unexpected.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Before you start; First instalment – Being British: 1 Train of thought, Wales, 1940s and 1950s; 2 Rite of passage: The Welsh passion for funerals, 1950s and 1960s; 3 Cars for concern: Hiding one’s light under the boot, Wales, 1950s; 4 Coming out of the closet, or The Dutch lieutenant’s jacket, The Netherlands and Crewe Junction, 1964; 5 Fighting unemployment in rural Norfolk, England, 1973; 6 Up, up and… uh-oh, Somewhere over Norfolk, 1975; 7 Adventures in eating, England and Wales, 1950–1960; Second instalment – Foreign parts: 8 Why are you photographing that church? An innocent encounters Ohio, 1964; 9 Two cups of coffee, a brown paper bag and a magic carpet or two, Mecca, 1981; 10 The case of the homicidal optometrist, California, 1983; 11 The hypnotic briefcase, Paris, 1983; 12 Typhoons, lettuce and temporal displacement, New Zealand, 1983 (or was it 1944?); 13 On the banks of the mystic Nile, Egypt , 1972 and 1989; 14 Elephant, white nights and an amorous hound, Leningrad, 1990; 15 The unexpected stripper, Orlando, Florida, 1993; 16 The elixir of life, eternal love and a Swiss roll, On the shores of the Caspian Sea, 2000; 17 Strange doings in Terre Haute, Indiana, 2004

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