Hit parade

One of our Balloons is Missing - 30 years of travel writing, by Clive TullyA couple of days ago, my ebook “One of our Balloons is Missing” hit #87 in the travelogue section of Amazon’s Kindle store. You only get listed if you appear in the top 100, and it stayed there for a couple of hours before slipping back to #97, then disappearing again. Of course, unlike traditional book and music best-seller lists which remain static for a week at a time, Amazon’s rankings are dynamic, affected every time someone makes a purchase.

Even so, it was rather gratifying to see myself climb into the hit parade, albeit just for a few hours. Hopefully next time it happens I might stay a little longer.

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is an anthology of some of my more colourful stories taken from 30 years of travel writing. Amongst the tales you can read how I became the first journalist to fly in a hot air balloon in Soviet Russia (which gave the book its title), how I rode at 90mph in a four-man bobsleigh down the Olympic Bob Run in St Moritz, and you’ll find out what it’s like to descend 100 feet to the bottom of Windermere in the English Lake District in a high-tech submersible. There’s even a ghost story thrown in for good measure!

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is available from the Amazon Kindle store, price £3.16

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