Strangers Like Angels: With a Devil or Two to BootPaperback
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- Publisher: Matador
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 32mm | 564g
- Publication date: 19 June 2014
- Publication City/Country: Leicester
- ISBN 10: 1783063629
- ISBN 13: 9781783063628
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 211,172
Strangers Like Angels chronicles the journeys of Alec and Jan Forman to far and distant lands as they embrace their pioneering spirit. Following adventures in Canada, Antarctica and the Sultanate of Oman they set off on the original gap year in the seventies. Travelling in their Land Rover, they use only a map and compass to navigate through the Sahara Desert and tropical rainforests in Africa, back to Europe and out to Asia via the Hindu Kush, and on to the Himalayas. They grapple with the realities of poverty and yet experience surprising hospitality and welcome from unlikely sources. In the confined space of their vehicle, Alec and Jan learn what it takes to support and sustain themselves and their relationship on an exciting and often harrowing journey. Exchange of news through airmail letters to and from England keeps them in touch with family matters. Beautiful photographs and illustrations with maps complement the text, taking the reader along on the journey with Alec and Jan. A light, entertaining read of a true story of adventures, travel and divine encounter, blended with winsome tales to delight the heart, Strangers Like Angels will appeal to fans of memoirs and travel books.
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Alec Forman is a former British Army aircraft engineer, seconded to the British Antarctic Survey team. He has since been involved in rural development projects in Mali, West Africa, and Moldova. Jan Forman, who trained as a nurse and midwife in the British Army, has worked in Canada, the Sultanate of Oman, Mali, and more recently as a school nurse in Germany.
By James Proffitt 12 Sep 2014
After meeting Alec and Jan Forman, and reading Strangers like Angels, you are immediately disarmed by their matter-of-fact manner and quiet modesty. Their affability belies their unflappable nature, steely determination and stoicism as they faced mechanical breakdowns, lack of roads, navigation problems, and ill-timed illness making their way through some of the most dangerous places on Earth. It is inconceivable to me to set out anywhere without knowing when I am going to arrive and whatÃ¢??s for dinner? At the same time Alec and Jan were setting out for places that were just co-ordinates on a map, if I had to travel 20 miles to visit my brother on the other side of Manchester, I would check my tyres, oil and water! They write as if they were travelling the length of the A1, and all they had to worry about coffee breaks, loo visits and petrol stations? Never-the less you get a sense of the heat, dirt and desolation and sheer vulnerability to the elements, optimism overcoming fear (my least favourite emotion) and the possibility you could die in a place without a post code? It is a triumph of trust in God and the kindness of strangers.