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Mike writes book about adventures

Explorer Mike Plummer has strong family links in Felpham.


But he has just published a book about the white knuckle adventures he experienced in South America.


Tales from a South American Storm Drain describes Mike’s travels with wry humour as he followed his dream.


He recounts having a sub-machine gun shoved into his stomach, the acute terror of wandering around the outskirts of a notorious favela in Rio late at night and the exotic delight of a wild love affair with a Bahian native woman who couldn’t speak English.


Woven into the fabric of the story are more than 260 weird and wonderful true stories, myths and legends.


These include the town that outlawed death, the city that elected a rhinoceros on to its council and man-eating trees.


An analysis of his book by Yanina Goldenberg, of, says: “You have quite exceptional ability as a writer; the most immediately striking aspect of your literature is just how unique your own narrative voice is.


“You have been able to do something quite impressive in how you’ve delivered this literature in a way that feels intimate and personal and private, yet always has the audience’s enjoyment at heart, structured in a way to maximise the impact of the narrative no matter who the reader is.


“It seems to possess everything required to be successful and one cannot praise more highly than that.”


College lecturer, Mike, 64, lived with his parents – Jim and Joyce Plummer – in Felpham in the 1980s and wrote the first draft of his book in their garden in Naiad Gardens.


While he lived there he met and eventually married his wife, Janet Robertson, who taught at Felpham Community College.


She was the best friend of his parents’ next door neighbour, Irene Freebrey, who was Janet’s head of department.


His father now lives in Middleton and Mike frequently travels from his home in Poole to visit him.


Back in 1981, Mike was at a crossroads in life. His current path of a college lecturer led to a secure career climbing the ladder of promotion and the other would send him to the east coast of South America far away from safety and security.


He spent eight weeks on the continent to start a three-year world trip. The hazards in store for him quickly became apparent.


He said: “Unfortunately, I had a slight accident while travelling up the River Amazon four days out of Bellem.


“When I eventually got my wrist x-rayed by a specialist in Manues, he told me I had smashed it in four places and to go home and have it operated on within seven days or have it amputated due to gangrene. I took his advice.”


Mike also spent more than three months backpacking across Canada in the mid-80s, nine weeks in south-east Asia and a honeymoon trekking around Ireland.


His book is on sale at:

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