Jane Wilson-Howarth

Non Fiction Books

 
 
 

Travel Narratives

People fascinate me. Perhaps that is why I love working as a GP. When I travel, I always want to ask questions and know what life is really like for everyone I meet. Sadly, I am not much of a linguist but I smile and gesticulate a great deal and make the effort to communicate. Given enough time, it is remarkable how connections can be made

I explore, try to understand and write about difficult issues including corruption, prejudice, exploitation, caste and poverty. I know that for some this makes uncomfortable reading and even risks demystifying and undermining the image some travellers have of the simple natural existence of the rural poor in emerging nations. Nevertheless I fervently believe these issues should be understood by all who travel so my aim is to present the facts as sympathetic engaging stories about real people. I am frustrated by the look-and-point approach to travel, but I hope I don't preach. I write of my adventures and enthusiasms and of colour and beauty so that my readers can enjoy my travel experiences as much as I do.

Travel Health Guides

Within minutes of arriving in the sleepy town of Khairpur in Sindh, I was faced with a medical crisis. I'd been qualified as a doctor for a few years but was new to expatriate life, and I was travelling with my firstborn, three-month-old son. A guy who was expecting to work with my husband announced that he needed to be evacuated because he was desperately ill. I introduced myself as a GP and offered help. Quickly I realised that my new friend was not suffering from some horrendous tropical pox but that he just had a nasty attack of sinusitis. It made him feel awful with frontal headache that recalled having a screwdriver rammed into his eyeball. Labelling it with a diagnosis made it less scary, though, and we found that the correct antibiotics were readily available over the counter in the local bazaar. By the next day my patient was well on the way to recovery.

That was the first time I really had to think about travel health. What this, my first real travel medicine ‘case’, made me realise is that even the calmest and most sensible of travellers will nearly always become disproportionately worried about themselves when taken ill. In my friend’s case, he didn’t know much about the local health service and didn’t know where he could find a doctor he could trust. He just wanted to get home to his friendly British GP. That experience showed me how liberating and empowering information can be and motivated me to start writing accessible straightforward travel health advice. I began work on a manual that was distributed amongst expatriate engineers, and soon after wrote my first travel health feature for Wanderlust magazine. It was - of course - on diarrhoea.

 
 

reviews

How to Shit Around the World

Very funny but also rather useful.. some things I wish I knew before I travelled to Pakistan for the first time. And some things I now wish I didn’t know.


Staying Healthy When You Travel

with tips on avoiding afflictions such as ‘sahib’s knee’ when mountain walking.

Australian Gourmet Traveller


50 Camels and She's Yours

A book well worth 50 camels. The launch at Heffers bookshop showcased the ability of each writer, who read excerpts from their chapters and had the audience by turns laughing and also slightly anxious – maybe that was just me – about the extreme situations they find themselves in, especially Jane, who describes being stuck in a very deep cave in Nepal.

Cambridge Independent newspaper


A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

I picked up 'A Glimpse Of Eternal Snows' while in Pokhara, Nepal, this April. I have not cried and smiled through a book in a long time, but this one worked magic on my heart. Thank you for making David the centre of this book, he has brought me so much joy this past month. I often think of his chuckles and his love for chaos and smile to myself as I imagine him delighting in them, and I will continue to do so every time I experience chaos around me. What a legend he is ! 
It will soon be monsoon where I am, and I can't wait for David to 'wee on us' as Alexander said in the book. 
 

Madhu