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B I O G R A P H Y

 

 

 

.Freelancing for 40 years
.Magazine editor for 10 years
.Hundreds of travel articles published
.Winner of travel-writing awards
.Author of 40 guidebooks
.3 novels published

Andrew  Sanger

travel writer, novelist

 Andrew Sanger

My career from 1980-2016

Earlier years

Expertise

Awards

In 2016, I have begun a process of retirement from professional travel journalism, but continue writing fiction.
 
I have been a full-time writer of travel guides and features for over 40 years. I spent many years travelling and researching in different parts of the world, and living and working in different countries, especially France.
 
From 1990 to 2000, I was the editor of French Railways' travel magazine, first called Top Rail, then relaunched as Rail Europe Magazine.
 
My principal specialities are France (all regions), Ireland (including N. Ireland) and Israel (especially Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee). I'm based in the New Forest, on the south coast of England.
 
Always freelance, I have wide experience of UK national newspapers, consumer magazines, websites, guidebook writing and travel publishing.
 
I have three novels published (The J-Word, The Slave and Love), and am working on another.
 
In addition to writing, I have been involved in many activities, causes and issues.
 

 

 

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2016

Work on a new novel continues, and is expected to take up most of my time this year.

2015

The second version of my novel, Love, about the hippy years, was published as a paperback and on Kindle.
I then began researching and writing my next novel, about a woman at the end of her life.
In addition, I visited several countries this year, including Malta, France and a month in Tel Aviv, Israel, and wrote about them for magazines and websites.

2014

This year I wrote travel articles for newspaper and websites on Normandy (the D-Day commemorations), on the city of Angers in the Loire Valley, hotel reviews on the famous Cliveden House in Berkshire and Palazzo Victoria in Verona, and a full length cover feature on Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands. I also added new pages to my travel website Focus Guides and started re-working my novel, Love.


2013

My novel
The Slave was published by Focus Books on Kindle and as a paperback. My two new Normandy pocket guides, Rouen & Upper Normandy and Normandy Coast, were published by Footprint. I added new destinations to my travel website Focus Guides and new pages to Travelwriters UK.


2012

I spent much of the year writing a new novel (The Slave) and adding more cities to my one-page destination guides at Focus Guides. I rewrote most of my Footprint Normandy guide to create two new Normandy guides for Footprint.


2011

My guides to Provence and the Loire Valley, written for Thomas Cook Publishing, were relaunched this year as Provence & the Cote d'Azur Driving Guide and Loire Valley Driving Guide.
In addition to commissioned articles and updates, mainly on Israel and Tenerife, I began the process of creating a third website, about the New Forest.
The J-Word was released this year as a Kindle book in the UK and in the US, and I spent most of the year researching a second novel, set in London.


2010

The J-Word released in the US in January. Footprint Normandy published in May. During the rest of the year I expanded my two websites - one-page destination guides at Focus Guides and services for travel media at Travelwriters UK.


2009

My novel The J-Word was published by Snowbooks. I also wrote scores of online destination guides, and worked on a guidebook on Normandy (for Footprint Handbooks).


2003-2008

I spent these years writing many new guidebooks and updating or revising my existing titles for new editions. Most of the books have been translated (German, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese ...) and many published in American editions. By the end of the period I was the author of around 30 travel books and guides, mostly on France, but also Ireland, Israel, the Canary Islands and guides for vegetarians. I continued to contribute as a freelance to several newspapers, magazines and websites.


2000-2002

In this period I worked almost entirely for AA Publishing and Thomas Cook Publishing, as a freelance researcher and consultant, and writing six original new books published for them in two years.


1990-1999

Throughout these 10 years, I was the Editor of Rail Europe (originally called Top Rail, circulation 200,000), the French Railways/Rail Europe travel magazine about Europe for rail travellers. During part of the period I was also travel editor of Ford Magazine (circulation 1,000,000), Vegetarian Living (circulation not known) and the insurance customer magazine Foresight (circulation 1,000,000). l also wrote guidebooks and travel articles for a wide range of other publications, and continued as a series editor for publishers A&C Black.


1980-1989

Throughout the 1980s I contributed hundreds of articles to the British national press, especially the Observer, Guardian, Evening Standard, Mail-on-Sunday, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, and women's magazine Options. In addition I wrote Exploring Rural France and created a guidebook series with 10 titles, Exploring Rural Europe, for publishers Christopher Helm (purchased by A&C Black) and became the series editor. I wrote several other original travel books at this time, notably the highly successful The Vegetarian Traveller (first published by Thorsons, then by Grafton).
 

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More biography / the past

Born in London in 1948, I've always lived and worked as a freelance. I didn't get into writing 'til the age of 30. Before that I travelled light and did whatever came to hand ... farm labouring, truck driving, English tuition.

Before becoming a travel writer, I lived in several countries, including Greece, India, Tunisia, and the USA, and most of all have had a lifelong involvement with France. My home was the Languedoc region in the south of France for a number of years.

I'm a frequent visitor to France and also to Israel, where my parents used to live. I'm fascinated by: cultures in conflict, sense of place, the Mediterranean world.
 

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Awards

ABTOF Travel Writer of the Year Awards 2007 - Finalist - in 2nd place for best online article on France.

ABTOF Travel Writer of the Year Awards 2002 - Finalist - Andrew Sanger occupying two of the top four positions for the best travel writing on France.

Communicators In Business Awards 1998 - Certificate of Merit for a Relaunched Publication - Editor.

Travelex Travel Writers' Awards 1996 - Category winner, Best trade press article - 'Van Gogh's Visions of France' in Rail Europe Magazine.

Travelex Travel Writers' Awards 1994 -  Category winner, Best consumer magazine article - 'O Come All Ye Faithful' (about the Galilee, Israel) in BBC Holidays Magazine.
 

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Specialities and expertise

France (all regions, especially Picardy, Normandy and the North, Provence and the South, Burgundy and Paris)

Greece
(I've written about many of the islands and the mainland too)

Ireland
(whole island, including Dublin and Northern Ireland)

Israel (especially Tel Aviv and Galilee - also general tourism and resort news)

Lanzarote & Tenerife (two of Spain's popular Canary Islands)

Family travel (unlike most travel writers, I prefer to take the family!)

Mass-market destinations (like millions of other people, I really like popular sun, sea and sand resorts)

Vegetarian travel (during 30 years of travel, I've always looked for 'the vegetarian option' if it exists)


Winter sun (especially the Canary Islands, Eilat, the French Riviera and California)

 

  

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