Adam Yamey visited Yugoslavia frequently over a period of more than 20 years. He criss-crossed the country from north to south and east to west. During his travels,he stood in the footsteps of... More > Archduke Ferdinand’s assassin in Sarajevo and those of Emperor Diocletian in Split, ate Chinese food in Novi Sad and offal at Rtanj, and also played Scrabble with Yugoslavs all over Serbia.
In this profusely illustrated, trail of memories, the author describes the friendships that he made with Yugoslavs all over the country, and how these led to his deeper understanding of, and love for their country.
As the years passed, the author began noticing small things, which made little sense at the time, but later turned out to be portentous. These were early signs of the troubles that were to lead to the disintegration of Yugoslavia soon after the author's last visit to the country in 1990.
Join the author in the exploration of a country that no longer exists.< Less
The people of Albania achieved independence in 1912, having endured several centuries of Ottoman domination. After the First World War, they lived under a series of dictatorships beginning with that... More > of King Zog. He was followed by Mussolini, and then by Hitler. They were ‘liberated’ by the Communist partisans at the end of the Second World War, only to be subjected to yet another dictatorship. This was led by Enver Hoxha. During his 30 year ‘reign’ Albania became even more impenetrable to outside observers than North Korea is today.
In this book about Albania, published to celebrate 100 years of Albania’s independence, Adam Yamey describes how his almost obsessive interest in the country developed and what he discovered about life inside the country’s closely guarded, tightly sealed borders when he managed to visit it in 1984, the last year of Enver Hoxha’s life.< Less
Jakob Klein, who is desperately trying to earn enough to look after his young family, gets into bad trouble with the law and is thrown into jail, awaiting trial by the highest court in the land.
His... More > family have been forced to flee from their home in Rouxville, leaving him to an uncertain fate.
Set in the wilds of southern Africa in the 1870s, this adventure is inspired by reality. Follow Jakob's fortunes and misfortunes in this exciting tale of debt and deception.< Less
Henry Bergmann (c1830-1866) was the earliest of my blood relatives to reach what is now South Africa, and one of the first Jews to settle there. He arrived in Cape Town in 1849, having set out from... More > his birthplace in revolution-torn Bavaria several months earlier.
Despite becoming very successful as a merchant in the frontier town of Aliwal North and his happy marriage to Jenny, the daughter of a Frankfurt banker, his life ended in tragedy.
Fact and fiction are woven together in my historical adventure “ALIWAL”: the story of the life of a pioneer in Africa.< Less
Ants, bacon, collagen, and chlorine. These are not the first words that usually spring to mind when thinking about summers in Greece.
The holidays that Adam Yamey spent in this country in the 1970s... More > and 1980s with the professor and his wife were far from ordinary.
This book provides an affectionate portrait of two remarkable people with whom the author spent many unconventional vacations. It also describes how the author travelled with them through a Europe which has undergone many transformations since these trips were made.
Adam's book is richly illustrated with his own photographs, many of them showing places that time has changed beyond recognition.< Less
This is the hardback version of Adam Yamey's fascinating travelogue "Between Olympus and Aegean".
This book describes the peculiarly individual camping holidays that the author made to... More > northern Greece with the ant loving professor and his wife. Dodging the Yugoslav police, stalking ants, camping in the wild, and enjoying olives in the shadow of Mount Olympus were some of the many things that made these trips to Greece so unusual.< Less
ONLY read this book if nostalgia and fascinating tales of travel appeal to you.
Adam Yamey’s coming-of-age stories are set in three continents during the 1950s, 60s and ‘70s. They... More > explore a wide selection of topics ranging from St John the Baptist’s index finger to John F Kennedy’s untimely death, from Archimedes bath to Pearl Harbor, from Mozart to Mussolini, and much more. The reader will encounter many celebrities including artists, economists, musicians, philosophers, and millionaires, as well as a US politician and a judge.
Join the author on a series of memorable and sometimes unusual journeys made during his youth, and discover which malevolent dictator’s hand he shook and whether Charlie Chaplin really did wave to him.
This memoir of vacations made during childhood and adolescence is richly illustrated with photographs taken by Adam Yamey. His travelogues "Albania on my Mind" and "Scrabble with Slivovitz" have already met with much critical acclaim.< Less
Since time immemorial, people have left their homes to escape persecution by invaders.
This volume is about the descendants of the Albanians who left their Balkan homelands when they were invaded... More > by the Ottoman Turks in the 14th century. Known as the Arbëreshë in Sicily and the other parts of Italy where they settled, many of the descendants of these refugees have managed to preserve their Albanian traditions, culture, and language whilst integrating harmoniously with their Italian neighbours.
In this book, Adam Yamey describes his visit to the Sicilian Arbëreshë people and illustrates it with a profusion of fascinating photographs.
Combining first-hand observation with in-depth research, this, at times entertaining and always informative, travelogue is one of the very few books, if not the only one, in English about Sicily's Albanians.< Less