In 2019, I
have completed a new novel,
The Unknown Mrs Rosen,
and offered it for publication. It deals with ageing, duty, family,
identity, and the gulf of experience between generations. The main
character is an elderly former spy whose family know nothing about her
dramatic history. So far, it has had no luck with agents or publishers!
In the meantime, I have now started work on a new novel about class
and social mobility in English society. I have stopped taking travel
journalism commissions. In 2018, a new paperback edition of
continued on a new novel,
The Unknown Mrs Rosen, about a woman at the end of
a secret life. With a
view to stepping back from journalism, I took few assignments
apart from updating. An article on Jerusalem for a Daily
Telegraph special supplement is likely to be my final commissioned
The second version of my novel,
Love, about the hippy years, was
published as a paperback and on Kindle.
I then began researching and writing my next novel,
Care or The Unknown Mrs
In addition, I visited several countries this year, including Malta, France and
a month in Tel Aviv, Israel, and wrote about them for magazines and
I wrote travel
articles for newspaper and websites on Normandy (the D-Day
commemorations), on the city of Angers in the Loire Valley, hotel
reviews on the famous Cliveden House in Berkshire and Palazzo Victoria
in Verona, and a full length cover feature on Lanzarote, one of the
Canary Islands. I also added new pages to my travel website
Focus Guides and
started re-working my novel, Love.
Slave was published by Focus Books on Kindle and as a
paperback. My two new Normandy pocket guides,
Rouen & Upper Normandy and
were published by Footprint.
I added new destinations to my travel website
Focus Guides and new pages to
much of the year writing a new novel (The Slave) and adding more cities to my one-page destination
I rewrote most of my Footprint Normandy guide to create two new Normandy
guides for Footprint.
to Provence and the Loire Valley, for Thomas Cook Publishing,
were relaunched this year as
Provence & the Cote d'Azur Driving Guide
Valley Driving Guide.
released as a Kindle e-book.
released in the US in January.
published in May. During the rest of the year I expanded my two websites
- one-page destination guides at
Focus Guides and services for travel
was published by Snowbooks. I also wrote scores of online destination
guides for travel websites, and worked on a guidebook on Normandy (for Footprint Handbooks).
I spent these years writing many new guidebooks and updating or revising
my existing titles for new editions. Most of the books have been
translated (German, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese ...) and
many published in American editions. By the end of the period
I was the
author of around 30 travel books and guides,
mostly on France, but also Ireland, Israel, the Canary Islands and
guides for vegetarians. I continued to contribute as a freelance to
several newspapers, magazines and websites.
period I worked almost entirely for AA Publishing and Thomas Cook
Publishing, as a freelance researcher and consultant, and writing
six original new
for them in two
these 10 years, I was the
Top Rail), the French Railways/Rail Europe travel
magazine about Europe. During part of the period I
was travel editor of
Vegetarian Living and insurance customer magazine
Foresight. l also wrote guidebooks and travel
articles for a wide range of other publications, inncluding several UK
nationals, and was a
guidebook series editor for publishers A&C Black.
During the 1980s I contributed
hundreds of articles to the British national press,
Observer, Guardian, Evening Standard, Mail-on-Sunday, Daily Express,
Sunday Express, Sunday Times, and women's magazine Options. In addition
I wrote Exploring
Rural France and
created a guidebook series with 10 titles, Exploring Rural Europe, for
publishers Christopher Helm (purchased by A&C Black) and became the
I wrote several other original travel books at this time, notably the
The Vegetarian Traveller
(first published by Thorsons, then by Grafton).
to the UK after several years of travel in Europe, Asia and America, I
began to offer travel articles on spec to UK newspapers and magazines.
My first dozen articles were published in the London Evening Standard,
women's magazine She and UK nationals The Guardian, The Observer and The
More biography / the past
London in 1948, I didn't
begin writing professionally until the age of 30. Before that I travelled light and
did whatever came to hand, including farm labouring, shelf-stacking
and (especially) heavy-goods truck driving. I also qualified as a
teacher of English as a foreign language.
I lived in several countries, including Greece, India,
Tunisia, and the USA, and most of all have had a lifelong involvement
with France. My home was the Languedoc region in the south of France
for a number of years.
I'm a frequent visitor to France and also to Israel, where my parents
used to live. I'm fascinated by: cultures in conflict, sense of place,
the Mediterranean world.
ABTOF Travel Writer of the Year Awards 2007 - Finalist - in 2nd
place for best online article on France.
ABTOF Travel Writer of the Year Awards 2002 - Finalist - Andrew
Sanger occupying two of the top four positions for the best travel
writing on France.
Communicators In Business Awards 1998 - Certificate of Merit for
a Relaunched Publication - Editor.
Travelex Travel Writers' Awards 1996 - Category winner, Best
trade press article - 'Van Gogh's Visions of France' in Rail Europe
Travelex Travel Writers' Awards 1994 - Category winner,
Best consumer magazine article - 'O Come All Ye Faithful' (about the
Galilee, Israel) in BBC Holidays Magazine.
Specialities and expertise
regions; I am the author of guides and articles on regions of France)
Greece (I've written about many of the islands and the mainland too)
Ireland (whole island, including Dublin and Northern Ireland)
Israel (especially Tel Aviv and Galilee -
also general tourism and resort news)
Lanzarote & Tenerife (two of Spain's popular Canary
Family travel (unlike most travel writers, I prefer
to take the family!)
Mass-market destinations (like millions of other
people, I really like popular sun, sea and sand resorts)
Vegetarian travel (I've always looked for 'the vegetarian option' if it exists)
Winter sun (especially the Canary Islands, Eilat,
the French Riviera and California)