Writer Kate Wickers sounds like my kind of travelling pal.
She comes across as fabulous fun and up for a laugh. Well judging by her new book ‘Shape of a Boy’, which is packed with lots of memories of her travels with husband Neil and their three boys, Josh, Ben and Freddie.
The book is really a memoir of the family’s happy times exploring the world together. Kate’s mantra when she had children, was to travel more, as she felt it would be good for everyone and inspire her offspring to live adventurous lives. This despite the doom mongers who reckoned no one would remember until their teenage years.
I couldn’t agree more with Kate, my children Ruaridh (14) and Flossie (12) have been travelling since birth, primarily as babies because they were able to travel free of charge on planes, although a mammoth journey to Japan with a 3 year-old and an 18-month-old , did question our judgement!
But we stored up some wonderful photographs and memories, because the Japanese love children and especially cute blonde haired ones or chubby babies. And we haven’t stopped since and if nothing, it has taught Ruaridh and Flossie to pack light, because mum isn’t going to carry…
Kate’s book takes her family travels through the different stages of childhood and the life lessons they all shared, from overcoming disappointment in Thailand to discovering perseverance in Borneo and learning about conservation in Malaysia.
A warm and engaging writer, Kate’s book is an easy read and an inspiration to those who haven’t ventured far.
After all, as we thought, what can go wrong, like when we failed to spot a helpful Ruaridh push Flossie’s pram into a lift and send her to another terminal at Edinburgh airport, two minutes before boarding – we got her back, but the nightmares continue…
Publication date: January 18th, 2022
UK Price: £16.99
Format: 135 mm x 216 mm, portrait format, hardcover
Shape of a Boy
By Kate Wickers
Published by Aurum Press
For more information and to purchase a copy of the book, please visit: www.quartoknows.com
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.