Author Tags: Fiction, Travel

As his tribute to a model of Land Rover known as "the Defender"-- the production of which was discontinued in 2016 -- Land Rover fundi Ray Wood has written his first novel, a romantic adventure, 'Stalking Geraldine' (MW Books $33.95). The story follows freelance journalist Giles Jackson on a plum assignment to track down, in Africa, an old Land Rover nicknamed Geraldine, as well as its enigmatic owner, Sarah Oakes. While on her trail, Giles learns of Sarah's character from ex-lovers, friends, mechanics and even her cat, Horatio. "The book reads slowly at first," according to Coast Reporter reviewer Jan DeGrass, "but comes alive when it hits Africa. If you’ve ever wondered how to fix your vehicle’s water pump while in a war in Eritrea or pondered how to winch a van out of muddy water, then this book is for you."

An eccentric with a well established reputation for solving mechanical design problems, Ray Wood once explored the spine of Africa on a Vespa Scooter. His resume shows he once taught mathematics and ran a wilderness expedition outfit. He lives in a heritage grocery store in West Vancouver when he is not sailing a 37-foot sloop or traveling the world in his elderly, Australian-built Land Rover. His company, Ocean Rover Corporation, works on Aerospace, Automotive and Marine projects.

Stalking Geraldine is printed by Ingram Lightening Source and can be purchased using their system from presses in the U.K. and U.S.A. The author’s mechanical design company, Ocean Rover Corporation, is located in West Vancouver, B.C. and holds Woods’ books in stock for local trade distribution. The Ocean Rover phone number is 604 925 1260.


Stalking Geraldine (MW Books 2016) $33.95 9780995277809

[BCBW 2016]