These 39 pieces are classics of travel writing, elegantly written, infused with the inquisitiveness of a good journalist and often riotously funny. Wherever he goes - Dominica, up the Amazon River, Kuwait - Allen Abel always homes in on the human element of the story.
As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn't stressful enough, Grace's relationship status has become a dumpster fire. Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?
When an American stranger turns up claiming to be the rightful owner of the school's magnificent country estate it could spell trouble for everyone at St Bride's... No one can believe it when the headmistress, Hairnet, instantly accepts the stranger's claim, not:* the put-upon Bursar, ousted from his cosy estate cottage by the stranger* the enigmatic Max Security, raring to engage in a spot of espionage* the sensible Judith Gosling, who knows more about Lord Bunting than she's letting on* the irrepressible Gemma Lamb, determined to keep the school open. Only fickle maths teacher Oriana Bliss isn't suspicious of the stranger, after all she can just marry him and secure St Bride's future forever. That's if inventive pranks by the girls - and the school cat - don't drive him away first. Who will nab the stranger first? Oriana with the parson's noose? Gemma with sinister secrets? Or could this be the end of St Bride's?