Ian Smith

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Tilos, Greece

I'm an Australian writer and editor living in Greece. Apart from books, my passions are walking, swimming, wine, and photography.

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Overview

From 2006 until 2013 I lived on a small Greek island and wrote travel stories which appeared in the travel section of The Weekend Australian. I also kept a blog, When the Wine is Bitter, detailing my adventures. In early 2014 I returned to Australia to care for my mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I remained four years in Australia, during which time I co-wrote several books for a UK publisher and also began to work as a structural and copy editor for publishers and independent authors.
In early 2018 I returned to Europe and am currently living in Greece, writing a book about my years in Australia and editing the manuscripts of other writers.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
Fiction
Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Travel

Work experience

Freelance writer 2006 - Present. Freelance editor 2014 - Present.

Self-employed
February, 2006 – Present (almost 13 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

She'll be right!: Tales and thoughts of a woman's motorcycle adventure Down Under

Chantal Simons

At the age of twenty-six, Chantal Simons, born and raised in the Netherlands, can no longer contain her adventurous spirit. Having seen enough of everyday life, she makes the bold decision to take to the roads of the vast Australian continent on her 250CC motorbike, lovingly known as the ‘Chook Chaser’. Starting her travels in Perth, Chantal heads east in the company of her father. After cross... read more

At the age of twenty-six, Chantal Simons, born and raised in the Netherlands, can no longer contain her adventurous spirit. Having seen enough of everyday life, she makes the bold decision to take to the roads of the vast Australian continent on her 250CC motorbike, lovingly known as the ‘Chook Chaser’. Starting her travels in Perth, Chantal heads east in the company of her father. After cross... read more

The Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia

Thom Wheeler

Thom Wheeler is not a man to be put off by the prospect of an uncharted, impractical or downright dangerous journey. Having accidentally introduced his old school friend Vicky to Dmitry, the Russian love of her life, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Thom decides to travel to their wedding in Astrakhan in the most obvious and straightforward way: by following the Volga river, from its ... read more

Thom Wheeler is not a man to be put off by the prospect of an uncharted, impractical or downright dangerous journey. Having accidentally introduced his old school friend Vicky to Dmitry, the Russian love of her life, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Thom decides to travel to their wedding in Astrakhan in the most obvious and straightforward way: by following the Volga river, from its ... read more

In Search of Sisu: A Path to Contentment via the Highest Mountain on Every Continent

Geordie Stewart

At the age of 22, Geordie Stewart became the youngest Briton to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Aged 17, he read a book about Everest and, despite no climbing experience, became obsessed with achieving this ambition. Four years later, despite turning around 150m from the summit on his first attempt, he stood on top of the world.The book offers a raw, emotive ... read more

At the age of 22, Geordie Stewart became the youngest Briton to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Aged 17, he read a book about Everest and, despite no climbing experience, became obsessed with achieving this ambition. Four years later, despite turning around 150m from the summit on his first attempt, he stood on top of the world.The book offers a raw, emotive ... read more

Beastly Journeys: Unusual Tales of Travel with Animals (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Jonathan Scott, David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, Dervla Murphy, Mark Shand

David Attenborough, Dion Leonard (Finding Gobi), Dervla Murphy and Brian Jackman are just four of the authors whose work features in this new anthology from Bradt focusing on true stories about travelling with animals. In Beastly Journeys, there are 46 tales of extraordinary animal travel experiences, from hilarious holidays with pets to journeys on which wild animals somehow came along for th... read more

David Attenborough, Dion Leonard (Finding Gobi), Dervla Murphy and Brian Jackman are just four of the authors whose work features in this new anthology from Bradt focusing on true stories about travelling with animals. In Beastly Journeys, there are 46 tales of extraordinary animal travel experiences, from hilarious holidays with pets to journeys on which wild animals somehow came along for th... read more

To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by the Over-60s (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Hilary Bradt

A brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from 'Silver Travellers'. Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations - and the odds - and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-trave... read more

A brand new collection of remarkable travel tales from 'Silver Travellers'. Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations - and the odds - and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-trave... read more

Roam Alone: Inspiring tales by reluctant solo travellers (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Hilary Bradt, Phoebe Smith

A unique title from Bradt, showcasing a brand new collection of remarkable travellers' tales with a different slant, following on the heels of To Oldly Go!, one of the UK's best-selling travel titles of 2015. All the contributors were initially reluctant solo travellers, apprehensive about taking the plunge to go it alone after years of travel with a partner or friend. Some have embarked on th... read more

A unique title from Bradt, showcasing a brand new collection of remarkable travellers' tales with a different slant, following on the heels of To Oldly Go!, one of the UK's best-selling travel titles of 2015. All the contributors were initially reluctant solo travellers, apprehensive about taking the plunge to go it alone after years of travel with a partner or friend. Some have embarked on th... read more

Mudlark River: Down the Thames with a Victorian Map

Simon Wilcox

The discovery of a Victorian map in a London antiques shop takes Simon Wilcox on a journey down the Thames: his mission like that of those Victorian river scavengers, the mudlarks, to forage about on the shoreline for something of value. The mudlarks found old coins, and objects washed up from ships anchored in the London docks. Tramping down the Thames Path, catching the occasional boat, Simo... read more

The discovery of a Victorian map in a London antiques shop takes Simon Wilcox on a journey down the Thames: his mission like that of those Victorian river scavengers, the mudlarks, to forage about on the shoreline for something of value. The mudlarks found old coins, and objects washed up from ships anchored in the London docks. Tramping down the Thames Path, catching the occasional boat, Simo... read more

Saving Lucy: A girl, a bike, a street dog

Ishbel Rose Holmes (World Bike Girl)

Ishbel Rose Holmes was adrift and alone when she set out to bicycle across the world. She was pedalling across Turkey when a street dog, Lucy, crossed her path and changed her life forever. Ishbel did not want anything or anyone to slow her down, but when she witnessed Lucy attacked by other dogs, Ishbel rescued her―forming a deep bond between the pair. Ishbel recognized her own vulnerability ... read more

Ishbel Rose Holmes was adrift and alone when she set out to bicycle across the world. She was pedalling across Turkey when a street dog, Lucy, crossed her path and changed her life forever. Ishbel did not want anything or anyone to slow her down, but when she witnessed Lucy attacked by other dogs, Ishbel rescued her―forming a deep bond between the pair. Ishbel recognized her own vulnerability ... read more

The Sting of the Wasp: A fast-paced mystery that brings the past to life in modern Athens (A Panos Akritas Mystery)

John X. Cooper

“John X. Cooper has created a character, the detective Panos Akritas, who will go straight into the annals of crime fiction” -- Jack Todd, author of Sun Going DownAthens is without doubt an ancient wonder, but the twenty-first century is not treating it well, as Panos Akritas can testify…In a nation besieged by economic collapse, corruption and uncertainty, even at the highest levels of societ... read more

“John X. Cooper has created a character, the detective Panos Akritas, who will go straight into the annals of crime fiction” -- Jack Todd, author of Sun Going DownAthens is without doubt an ancient wonder, but the twenty-first century is not treating it well, as Panos Akritas can testify…In a nation besieged by economic collapse, corruption and uncertainty, even at the highest levels of societ... read more

Mission Possible: A Decade of Living Dangerously

Ash Dykes

At the age of 23, Ash Dykes became the first person to walk, solo and unsupported, across Mongolia.His journey took 78 days and saw him trek over the Altai Mountains, the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe. It was an expedition filled with danger and extreme conditions. He almost didn't make it. Two years later he spent more than five months traversing the length of Madagascar, another world... read more

At the age of 23, Ash Dykes became the first person to walk, solo and unsupported, across Mongolia.His journey took 78 days and saw him trek over the Altai Mountains, the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe. It was an expedition filled with danger and extreme conditions. He almost didn't make it. Two years later he spent more than five months traversing the length of Madagascar, another world... read more

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