Clive Leatherdale

author, publisher, lecturer


Academic posts:

In 1992 I was offered the post of Assistant Professor of English at Dongduk Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. I declined it and returned to the UK to establish Desert Island Books. This grew to become one of Britain's leading sports publishers. I also published the largest specialist library on the works of Bram Stoker. I am now retired from publishing.

Cruise-ship lectures since 2013 (earliest first):

Voyages of Discovery. Voyager. African and Arabian Adventure (18 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astor. Cape Town to Tilbury (21 nights, 2015)
MSC. Sinfonia. Genoa to Durban (25 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. South American Treasures (54 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astor. Cape Town to Tilbury (21 nights, 2016)
MSC. Musica. Copenhagen to Genoa (11 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Magellan. Autumn Fjordland (7 nights)
Saga. Saga Pearl II. Grand Caribbean Adventure, Southampton to Cuba (21 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Eastern Embrace, Singapore to Shanghai (31 nights)
Regent Seven Seas. Seven Seas Voyager. Pacific Rim and Captivating East, Bangkok to Abu Dhabi (24 nights)
Fred Olsen. Boudicca. Rural and Rugged Canada (16 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. Canada in the Fall (28 nights)
Fred Olsen. Boudicca. Stunning South Africa (14 nights)
Oceania. Regatta. Coral Sea Crossing, from Auckland to Australia and Bali (24 nights)
Regent Seven Seas. Seven Seas Voyager. Icons of the Orient, from Hong Kong to Vietnam and Bangkok (14 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Timeless Wonders, from Mumbai through the Red Sea to Rome (28 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Midnight Sun Medley, from Dublin and Russia to Oslo (20 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astoria. Baltic Cities and St Petersburg (13 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. Grand Circle South American Cruise (70 nights)

Cruise lecture titles:

Travels in Dangerous Places

The Arab World: Reflections on a Century of Strife
Explorers of Arabia: The Ruffian and the Recluse
The Creation of Saudi Arabia - And a Secret British-US Desert Conflict
Vampires in Scotland: Ghouls in Arabia
Inside Saudi Arabia 1976-77: Oil, Sand, and a Desert Storm

Africa and the Atlantic
St Helena: Paradise or Purgatory?
Ascension: Forbidden Island
The Falklands/Malvinas: The Fog of History
Cape Verde: Slaves, Waves and Busted Dreams
A Skeleton Tour of Namibia
Angola: A Tale of Two Writers - Paul Theroux and Ryszard Kapuscinski
Equatorial Saints and Sinners: Albert Schweitzer and Mark Thatcher
Morocco: Myth and Reality in Film and Song

Russia: Mysteries of Faces and Places
Lisbon: Shaken not Stirred: The Weird World of Fernando Pessoa and the Making of James Bond
Lisbon and Gibraltar: Lies, Spies, and the Making of Bond
Zeebrugge, Cherbourg, La Coruna: Gateways to Medieval Magic
Barcelona and Marseille: Towers of Men and Ghosts of Provence
Norway: A Brief Tour through Time and Face
Iceland: Fairy Tale or Fiasco?

Central America
1492: Columbus and America: Falsehoods and Fantasies
Cuba: Global Inspiration or Global Menace? Batista, Guevara and Castro
Islands in the Sun: Tobago and Jamaica

South America
A Personal Introducton to South America: A Devil's Island in a Secluded Continent
The Trials and Tribulations of Magical Venezuela
Brazil: Sunny Smiles and Dark Secrets - Flags, Slaves and a Girl from Ipanema
Brazil: Generals, Gods and Games - Struggles with Modernity
Argentina: A Poisoned Chalice - Eva Peron, the Hand of God, and a Friend Turned Foe
The Oriental Republic of Uruguay: A Silver River, the Graf Spee, and a Man with a Three-Legged Dog
Chile: O'Higgins, Pinochet, Thatcher - To Hell and Back
Unexpected Ecuador: A Tale of Two Whistleblowers
Colombia: Canals, Cocaine and the Two Escobars
Tierra del Fuego: Magellan, Beagle, and the Land of Fire

A Snapshot of Eastern Canada: Icebergs, Whales, and the Extraordinary Mina Hubbard
Secrets of Newfoundland: Indians, Shipwrecks and the Widow of Saint-Pierre
Newfoundland Blues: The Newfie Bullet, the Death of Cod, and a Heroic Doctor
Mysteries of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

India and Islam: Frontier of the Arab World
Siam, Cambodia and a Manic Missionary
Perspectives on Vietnam: A State and a State of Mind
President Trump, China, and the Crisis in the South China Sea
Hong Kong, Macau and Canton: The British Invasion of China
Taiwan and Okinawa: Tensions in the East China Sea
A Peep into the Mysteries of Japan and South Korea
Inside North Korea: The Weirdest Place on Earth
China: An Inside View of the Tiananmen Uprising of 1989
Indonesia and Islam: Australia's Northern Shield

Australia and Australians: Strangers to Themselves
New Zealand: A Treaty, a War Dance, and the Rainbow Warrior

Countless radio interviews:

Early TV appearances:

Countries lived in:

Significant journeys:

Books and Journalism:

Books written, annotated, or edited (in chronological order):