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Travails with Thomas: To Russia with Love-bookcover

By: Michael Gannon

Travails with Thomas: To Russia with Love

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It’s the 1980s in Thatcher’s Britain. Two friends decide to go on a coach trip to the Soviet Union to see what life is really like on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Thomas is an inhibited civil servant, warned by his superiors that he could be a victim of a honey trap by a Russian blonde and desperate to see if he can be seduced. John is a journalist, who wants to set the record straight during the journey with former in-laws in Warsaw of a disastrous marriage to a Polish woman. But the trip offers characters and events on the way that confound their expectations. 

Michael Gannon is a retired trade journalist, living in Fulham. Born in Hammersmith, he has had a number of plays performed at his local fringe theatre. Gannon is currently writing a sequel to Travails with Thomas: To Russia with Love. This is concerning a trip with Thomas to the Balkans in 1989, immediately prior to the collapse of the communist regimes there.

Among his interests are theatre, classical music, current affairs and an undying support of Fulham FC.

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  • Robin S

    An enjoyable, entertaining, and humorous read taking you back to a time not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall. A period of the Thatcher and Reagan regimes. The coach trip into eastern Europe and Soviet Russia brings back memories of black market currency, Trabants, Lech Walesa, the miners’ strike, the SDP, HIV/AIDS, the IRA, the Falklands war, and so on. The coach party including the driver and guides comprise a wide variety of colorful characters that somewhat enliven events along the way!
    This fun account of the journey with its up and downs nips along with a great pace including diversions along the way as John, the main protagonist recalls other life experiences. A good read with a neat final twist...

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