NonFiction and Memoirs – The 2016 Indies Authors of Excellence Awards

I often feel that nonfiction works and memoirs don’t get as much attention in the Indie Author world as Fiction does. In reality, nonfiction often sells a lot better than fiction and there are some outstanding memoirs out there, well worth reading. Hopefully, I will bring you three such wonderful books today in my nominations for the NONFICTION/MEMOIR Category of these awards.Our first nominee in this category is the debut book from an intrepid, young explorer, recounting his first year living “native” so to speak in West Africa. It has the intriguing title of SQUIRTING MILK AT CHAMELEONS: AN ACCIDENTAL AFRICAN and it written by SIMON FENTON.Squirting Milk at Chameleons: An Accidental African, an intriguing title for an equally intriguing story from first-time author Simon Fenton.Simon Fenton is a Brit, who, from a young age, was seized by the urge to travel. After a number of years in Asia, mainly Vietnam, he visited Africa, including Senegal in West Africa, where he met and fell in love with a young Senegalese woman called Khady. Like a good boy, Simon eventually returned home to England, but Africa and Khady were already in his blood. When he discovers Khady is pregnant, he decides to return to Senegal and build a family in this strange and unusual country. I’ve read a number of memoirs, but this one resonated with me more than most and I suspect it is because Fenton did something similar to what I did, but he went far more extreme than I did. I thought it was a major wrench to leave my safe life in New Zealand for the teeming metropolis of Manila in the Philippines, but that pales in comparison to Fenton’s choice of Senegal over Brighton, England.The book is basically a tale of his first year in Senegal and details the many trials and tribulations he faced in trying to settle into a new life in a very foreign environment. The story is fascinating, the writing easy and conversational. He brings us his clear love of the country, as well as a healthy cynicism as to many of the cultural practices of deepest, darkest Africa.I think many readers will ask themselves; WHY? Why would you give up everything the West has to offer, for life where every day is a constant struggle against the heat, insects, corruption, mysticism, and the ever present attitude whenever anything goes wrong; “This is Africa!”? I think Fenton answer those doubts extremely well. It is clear from the story that despite all the problems, the rewards are more than compensation. He clearly loves his home and his family and is now well settled, with a small guest house he has built to host foreign tourists and provide him with someone to speak English with. I can identify with that desire, Simon.This is a fantastic book for a quick read or to discover something about a region of the world that few of us know too much about. I highly recommend Squirting Milk at Chameleons: An Accidental African by Simon Fenton.If you want to find out more about Simon Fenton and his Senegalese resort “Little Baobab, or you want to check out his blog, then visit his websites here:…The second nominee in the Nonfiction/Memoir category couldn’t be more different from the first. It is a harrowing tale of surviving sexual and physical abuse and is; GHOST NO MORE by CEECEE JAMES.When you pick up a memoir to read, I guess you can be certain of two things; either you are going to read a tale of abuse, a heroic tale…or often a mixture of both. The reality is people who lead normal, everyday lives, don’t tend to write memoirs. Naturally, when I first picked up Ghost No More, by CeeCee James, I guessed it was a book about child-abuse and I wasn’t wrong. Ghost No More, details, in the main, the early years of CeeCee James’ life. I think in her two sequels, she explores in greater detail her late tee

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