My Life In The Gambia

As a writer travel is an essential part of the creative process, but there is only so much you can derive from planes, trains and automobiles. So I always try to live as the locals do, and where possible live among the local people. When I settled in West Africa to write it was inevitable I would eschew the fine hotels and luxury apartments in the tourist zone and live as close to local standards as I could without compromising my work.
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The water cooler.

The water cooler.

Toilets are usually just a hole in the ground. This is a little more comfortable.

Toilets are usually just a hole in the ground. This is a little more comfortable.

The kitchen. All mod cons, of course.

The kitchen. All mod cons, of course.

If you;re a super-rich best-selling author you can have a tap in the yard instead of carrying water from the well. It doesn't always work, but nice when it does.

If you;re a super-rich best-selling author you can have a tap in the yard instead of carrying water from the well. It doesn't always work, but nice when it does.

The shower.

The shower.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

The MWi office.

The MWi office.

Water may be essential for life, but it's still a luxury for many people, even in the twenty-first century.

Water may be essential for life, but it's still a luxury for many people, even in the twenty-first century.

Washing day.

Washing day.

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