What inspired you to write your memoir?
The extraordinary experince of living on a secluded island
About your Book:
Notes From a Very Small Island tells the story of a couple upping sticks and leaving their humdrum life in London for blue skies and café life on an island in Croatia.
The couple attempt to fit in with the village community, but it’s not always easy, and more often than not their endeavours involve them in in hilarious disasters.
They also try to starup various projects, but they have to battle with maddening ex-communist authorities and suspicious locals – and through doing this, they get to see the crippling legacies that communism and the recent war have left in the lives of their new neighbours.
Although largely a light hearted tale, the book is also a heartfelt insight into a community trying to adjust to being members of the EU and the ways of the Western World.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I found Thistle Publishing, an independent publisher that organise the whole thing and take half of the proceeds.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Not all that much different, except that it's about you own experience.
Anthony Stancomb was educated at Wellington College, St Andrews University and the London School of Film.
He worked in Feature films and political documentaries for a while, and this led to setting up a private mercy airlift operation to Biafra. But after being shot down, and needing a job, he worked for BBC television and then for ITV where for several years he produced programmes on social issues and arts.
In his mid-thirties he left to set up a company that promoted and sold British contemporary art to galleries throughout the world, and created a worldwide distribution network.
After twenty years, however,discovering the island of Vis, and realising that running a commercial venture was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he sold the company and went to live on the island.
Ivana, his wife, is the winner of the Woman of the Year Award for Literature in 2000, and is the granddaughter of the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
With two children who now live in London, they divide their time between Croatia and Fulham.
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