New Book is a boon to both Barbadians and Visitors alike, “Absolutely Barbados” is fun reading, absolutely!

For those who recall Leslie Charteris’ charismatic series of a lovable rogue by name of Simon Templar, alias “The Saint” (not the botched attempts from Val Kilmer on film or Ian Ogilvy on TV, the actual books ranging from the 1920s to the 1940s before Charteris leased his character to ghost writers) then reading the headings for each section of Julian Armfield’s “Absolutely Barbados” will be a saintly treasure trove…

Tarzan by day, Tipsy Athlete by night;’ or ‘Babies, cricket and howling wolves‘ and who can forget ‘Con men, monkeys, Jews and a buccaneer‘? Each of these segments have their own pithy succinct summary which simply whet the reader’s appetite to read and find out more, just as the original Saint entries did when I was a teen not so long ago

Every chapter has a selection of choice Bajan phrases and words for those who are only now getting accustomed to the accent, some of the descriptives and words can be meant for older readers! The book’s dedication at the front reads almost like a list of characters you’d find in typical Saint adventures… Every page is a guaranteed smile or giggle!

Looking at how Bajans don’t seem to sleep during Christmas or the joys of hurricane preparation, the¬†book is deceptively slim – in reality, it is full of tidbits benefitting both people arriving here for the first time or Bajans whose ancestry can be traced to the settling of Holetown.

Julian Armfield is a former sports journalist with the world service of the BBC. You'd never know it from speaking with the author but in fact he's Irish and he's been in Barbados since 1994 which was as he put it "one day of races, nine days of sightseeing," which eventually led to his main reason for staying permanently - hors d'amour or affairs of the heart...

Julian Armfield is a former sports journalist with the world service of the BBC. You’d never know it from speaking with the author but in fact he’s Irish and he’s been in Barbados since 1994 which was as he put it “one day of races, nine days of sightseeing,” which eventually led to his main reason for staying permanently – hors d’amour or affairs of the heart…

His trials and tribulations in Paradise were crafted into an easy reading adventure which compiles 3 years of research and making sure it remained affordable for the average Bajan meant looking for the right publisher and Julian says he knows he made the right choice with Miller Publishing. So if you want to know more, copies are available island-wide now!

The writer when he spoke with Bajan Reporter says the Kindle edition will be out before June is over. He feels more can be done to preserve the older houses and buildings in the country, Julian also feels sports tourism can be a major factor in driving financial growth in the country.

He also revealed his next book is a biography of real estate raconteur Nick Parravacino

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