An Antipodean Affair by Valerie Barnes

By Valerie Barnes

this can be a sequel to 'A overseas Affair' approximately which 'Vogue' wrote: 'Oh, to have had Valerie Barnes's life!'
Working as a simultaneous convention interpreter with United countries, Valerie Barnes travelled to India, Iran, Nigeria, Zambia and Zaire. She additionally met and fell in love with an Australian delegate who made up our minds to sail single-handed in a 22 toes. yacht from England to Australia to split his earlier from his destiny. whereas crossing the Atlantic he used to be hit at the head via the growth in a wind hurricane, misplaced the rudder off the coast of Venezuela and used to be attacked through sharks within the Pacific. He stated he may write a booklet approximately his journey but if he celebrated his 87th birthday she discovered that may by no means ensue, so made up our minds to write down the tale herself along with his aid, utilizing his log-book and describing their reviews jointly throughout the 5 months she spent with him in England, France, Spain, the Canaries, Barbados, Bequia and Rarotonga. Their tale is frequently hhilarious, occasionally heart-breaking.
Rosy plans for the longer term have been shattered while his 24-year previous daughter, backpacking in Sri Lanka, turned ailing and died. In his grief he switched off his radio and therefore grew to become untraceable. Valerie flew to Tahiti after which Bora Bora to seem for him yet on either events he had already left. simply as she used to be approximately to seize the airplane again to Geneva a yacht seemed at the horizon. because it approached the wharf she may odor frying eggs and bacon. No Frenchman has bacon and eggs for breakfast. She knew it has to be an Englishman or an Australian. It used to be. Unwashed, unshaven, desperately grief-stricken, standng on deck was once Peter.

Today they've been married for thirty-two years and dwell in Australia.

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