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A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks by Rory Spowers
  

A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks

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This will appeal to anyone who has wanted to abandon the urban grind and live a more idealistic life elsewhere. Rory took his wife and two toddlers to a 60-acre abandoned tea estate in Sri Lanka and made it work! Apparently he is working on a TV documentary of his experiences at the moment.

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A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks by Rory Spowers

The fascinating story begins with the tsunami and Rory's sudden involvement with the relief efforts, and charts the course of his adventures over 12 months culminating in the launch of his new business (making a living by selling the produce he grows). It chronicles the highs and lows of this radical change, and reveals what it takes to live a sustainable life. It will also include tips for those of you who wish to live a more environmentally friendly life.

Spowers' writing in Three Men on a Bike, which recounted his story of buying the Goodies' bicycle and riding it across Africa for charity, was compared with Bryson, Palin and Hawks' for his storytelling, humour and intrepid spirit.

Spowers’ narrative brims with adventure, harrowing moments, and small triumphs as he comes to know the people and the land and works toward creating his dream of a sustainable, model forest garden.

Reviews

Rory Spowers writes with candour and wit about the agony and ecstasy of trying to live the green dream with his young family in an abandoned Sri Lankan tea plantation!Inspiring stuff.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

This is a book of great charm and warmth that captures perfectly the restless spirit of all of us. I heartily recommend it. Tim Smit, co-founder of The Eden Project ' ..a fascinating read that will engage anyone interested in organic farming.
Lifescape magazine

'..utterly absorbing'
Environment UK

About the Author

Rory Spowers, 38, is an environmental writer and broadcaster whose last book, Rising Tides, was critically acclaimed by The Sunday Times, The Observer and a variety of magazines. Rory also has a background as a travel writer and has presented various BBC R4 programmes. He previously worked as a researcher, developing environmental documentaries for TV.

In 2002, Rory co-founded The Web of Hope (WoH) (www.thewebofhope.com), a UK registered charity compiling an expanding on-line database of role models for sustainability, social justice and positive change. This database provides the basis for an educational roadshow performed in schools.

Since moving to Sri Lanka in March 2004, Rory has continued his editorial role within WoH and directed his energy towards the development of Samagama, transforming an abandoned tea estate into an ecological learning centre and eco-tourism destination.

Rory is also a Director of Rainforest Rescue International (RRI), the only environmental NGO operating in south Sri Lanka.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th March 2007

Author

Rory Spowers

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Author's Website

www.thewebofhope.com

Publisher

Harper Element

Format

Paperback
322 pages

Categories

Travel
The Real World

Travel writing
Sustainability

ISBN

9780007233090

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