Two Summers: the story of bus trips across America - 50 years apart
In 1969, as a 22-year-old student, I went on the trip of a lifetime: 12,000 miles around the United States on Greyhound Buses. This year (2019) I am celebrating the Golden Jubilee by revisiting as much of the trip as is prudent for my time-worn frame. And then I will write a book on the experience.
What makes this special is that I have with me the 30,000 word diary from my first trip, plus pictures, letters home and my first published newspaper articles. This is giving me a unique insight of how America has changed (and of how I have as well).
My first bus turned out to be a Bolt Bus, but so far the rest have turned out to be Greyhounds. For my itinerary and photos so far, click here
The first purpose of this website is to share some of the many lessons that I learnt over a long career as writer and trainer of writers. The second is unashamedly to plug my books, including a memoir (see panel, right) and my book on writing scientific papers (also see right), now in its fourth edition. And when I have finished the one I am working on that will be publicised here too!
You will find tips on writing journal articles, memoirs, personal statements and eulogies. You will also find descriptions of the courses I developed and who is now delivering them. I have details of the talks I currently give. And I explain such useful concepts as the 'pub 'test' and 'putting on the posh overcoat'.
In short, you should find plenty on this website to entertain you, and to help you on your writing journeys.
'Tim Albert taught me almost all I know about clear writing, and even more importantly, he took away the fear of the empty page'– Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ.
'Beautifully written ... a rare good autobiography'
A cub on the moor: a short talk on life as a country reporter in the 1970s. Available for Rotary Clubs, Probus, U3A and other groups.
Winning the publications game: the groundbreaking book on writing scientific papers.