The Mango Orchard: Travelling back to the secret heart of Mexico

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Random House, Dec 23, 2010 - Travel - 288 pages
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As a child, Robin Bayley was enchanted by his grandmother's stories of Mexican adventures: of bandits, wild jungle journeys, hidden bags of silver and a narrow escape from the bloody Mexican Revolution. But Robin sensed there was more to these stories than anyone knew, and so he set out to follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather.

The Mango Orchard is the story of parallel journeys' a hundred years apart, into the heart of Latin America. Undaunted by the passage of time and a paucity of information, Robin seeks out the places where his great grandfather Arthur 'Arturo' Greenhalgh travelled and lived, determined to uncover his legacy. Along the road Robin encounters witches, drug dealers, a gun-toting Tasmanian Devil and an ex-Nazi diamond trader. He is threatened with deportation, offered the protection of Colombian guerrilla fighters and is comforted by the blessings of los santos. He falls in love with a beautiful Guatemalan girl with mystical powers and almost gives up his quest, until a sense of destiny drives him on to western Mexico and the discovery of much, much more than he had bargained for.

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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

Certainly we all have a bit of "unknown" history somewhere in our past generations, but this one is more unique. Truth is bit more interesting that a fiction in this book. Enjoyed the background, the journey and the unfolding of the combined family. Read full review

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User Review  - nicx27 - LibraryThing

This is the story of the author, Robin Bayley, following in his great-grandfather's footsteps and travelling to Mexico. Arthur Greenhalgh, or Arturo as he was called in Mexico, had travelled there at ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robin Bayley was born in an isolated shooting lodge in the middle of a North Yorkshire moor. He grew up in Sheffield and after college, lived in London, working in advertising and children's TV. He has worked as a teacher in Colombia and was once cast as a drug smuggler in a Bollywood feature film. The Mango Orchard is his first book.

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