The World is Elsewhere: My Life in Cuba and Other Places

By Chris McIvor

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In the final part of his autobiographical trilogy Chris McIvor relates the story of his years in Morocco, his encounter with its history, geography and culture told through the people he met and the places he visited.

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Sandstone Press was established in 2002 based on the firm belief that an international publishing house could be based in the Highlands of Scotland. We publish fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks. The company is characterised by high editorial and design standards, internationalism, and a strong engagement with the contemporary world using modern methods. Sandstone Press books have won or been shortlisted for many literary prizes including the Man Booker, Commonwealth, Arthur C Clarke, Creative Scotland, Green Carnation, Saltire Society, Petrona, Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition, Boardman Tasker, Not the Booker, and Desmond Elliott Awards.

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We were in the middle of hurricane season and one was brewing off the northern coast.

‘Should I be concerned?' I asked the hotel receptionist.

‘Of course not,' she replied. ‘Fidel is in charge.'


For years, Chris McIvor moved from one demanding and difficult job to another as a country director for ‘Save the Children': Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, and elsewhere. In this latest book, he charts his experiences in Morocco and Haiti, then in the Cuba that marketing passes by and that tourists don't see. In his journeying he has seen the best and worst of people, and the best and worst of aid in the developing world, but in The World is Elsewhere he also questions his own journey, and why he has lived the way he has, always moving, always solitary.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 18 Aug 2016
ISBN 9781910124345
Number of Pages 320

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