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Alix Lee

Biography

I’m a naturalised ROC (Taiwan) citizen born and bred in the UK, and resident in Taiwan for 30 years.

I arrived in Taiwan in January 1986, as a young, shoestring backpacker travelling around the world, and ended up staying, and eventually taking nationality. Being a traveller has allowed me to make better comparisons and evaluations of the changes that have taken place in Taiwan than someone with experience of living only in one other country.

Books by Alix Lee

True Tales of a Traveller: Overlanding (Part Two) by Alix Lee. Book cover
This story picks up from Overlanding Part One, which ended at the Turkish border with Iran, and finishes in the Netherlands. Of all my travels in the 1980s, in terms of time spent, undoubtedly no journey made such a deep and lasting impression on me as this overland trip from Karachi to Rotterdam, which in total took just a little over three weeks. Not only did it unceremoniously blow away many of my own preconceived notions of life in Pakistan and Iran, it was also a harsh lesson for me as a traveller in the virtues of being prepared for any journey into terra incognita.
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True Tales of a Traveller Volume Three by Alix Lee. One Day in Bangkok and Other Stories. Book cover
The True Tales of a Traveller series of short stories and novellas consists of several dozen real-life travellers' tales covering three and a half decades. This is Volume Three of the series, and it includes three stories, Overlanding (Part Two), One Day in Bangkok, and Solid Gold, Easy Action. Of all my travels in the 1980s, in terms of time spent, undoubtedly no journey made such a deep and lasting impression on me as this overland trip from Karachi to Rotterdam, which in total took just a little over three weeks.
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Overlanding - The Whole Story by Alix Lee. True Tales of a Traveller Series. Book cover
This is a travel story and an account of an eventful journey I made in the 1980s. This piece of travel was also a harsh lesson for me as a traveller in the virtues of being prepared for any journey into terra incognita. But it is also much more than that. Whether by fate or by chance, this overland journey from south Asia to north-west Europe consisted of one long series of lessons in the follies of racial prejudice and ethnic chauvinism.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Solid Gold, Easy Action by Alix Lee. Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea in 1980s. Book cover
This story is probably the most unique among the True Tales of a Traveller series. Certainly, it’s a travel story, and the reader will read much about Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, as those so-called ‘Asian Tigers’ were in the 1980s. Some of this information will be peculiar to the era; some of it still relevant at the time of publication. But this is also much more than a travel story.
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The Taiwan Experience Book Two, Part One - Book cover
This book, Democracy Takes Root follows on from the first in The Taiwan Experience trilogy, The Seeds of Democracy. The e-book version of Book Two: Democracy Takes Root, like Book One, is divided into three parts. Book Two is being published in three separate parts for reasons explained in the book's description on Amazon. This is the first part of Book Two.
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Battles For a Barren Island by Alix Lee. Book cover
Beginning with the Umbrella Movement in 2014, a long series of student-led protests have rocked the territory. Some of the demonstrations have been held specifically in protest against laws giving more power to China's central government in the ostensibly autonomous region. Beijing's Chinese Communist Party has responded by forcing through more of the same, with some of the legislation aimed at preventing further protest.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Overlanding (Part 1) by Alix Lee. Book cover
At over 46,000 words, Overlanding (Part 1) is the longest story of the series so far, for one of the shortest periods of actual travel. There are a number of good reasons for this. When I signed my name into a logbook of foreign nationals at Pakistan's sole land border crossing with Iran, and noticed that the entries for the entire previous day numbered just two, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was on a unique, unrepeatable, once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Culture Shock by Alix Lee. Book cover
The story begins in late 1984 and is the sixth tale in the series overall. Culture Shock finds the young traveller (myself) taken from the relative orderliness of a life in London where he had been attempting, with mixed results, to pursue a career in the travel industry (related in the fifth story of the series, A Career in Travel), and throws him into the furious assault on the senses that constituted life in the Indian capital, Delhi, at that time.
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True Tales of a Traveller Volume Two by Alix Lee. Book cover
A roller-coaster adventure travel story set in the 1980s, it includes travel and voluntary work in rural India, a dangerous trip into the Kashmir Himalaya, an overland journey through war-torn Iran, and also tackles the topic of institutionalised racism and police brutality.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Winter Break by Alix Lee. Book cover
The thirteenth story in the True Tales of a Traveler series, Winter Break is set mostly in the Philippines about a year after the deposal of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The People Power revolution that led to the end of the Marcos era and ushered in the new government of Corazon Aquino had been positively reported on throughout the free world, and just reading those news reports made me keen to visit the country and see life there first-hand.
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True Tales of a Traveller Volume One by Alix Lee. Book cover
The True Tales of a Traveller series of short stories and novellas consists of several dozen real-life travellers' tales covering three and a half decades. Although presented in a short story format for reading convenience, these stories are not fiction. Apart from some of the characters’ names, which have been changed to protect their identities, everything in these stories is true. These stories do not all fit neatly into the ‘travel story’ genre, although some will indeed meet most readers’ expectations in this regard.
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True Tales of a Traveller: A Career in Travel - Book cover
The fifth story in the True Tales of a Traveller series, A Career in Travel, is at nearly 40,000 words a substantial novella-length account set mostly in Britain in 1984. The story is about a young traveller’s attempt to integrate his love for travel into a regular, settled lifestyle in London. Although humorous in places, this is also a thought-provoking story that goes to the heart of what it means to be a traveller, the differences and similarities between a traveller and a tourist ...
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Like Father, Like Son? Part One: Defiance by Alix Lee. Book cover
Set in the 1970s, mostly in Warrington, a declining industrial town on the banks of the River Mersey approximately equidistant from Liverpool and Manchester, the story concerns a rebellious teenager whose determined refusal to take high school O-level examinations ultimately lands him in the padded cell of a high-security mental hospital for the criminally insane. This book is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred description of life in the post-industrial wasteland of north-west England in the 1970s.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Goodbye Sinai - Book cover
The first in the True Tales series is called Goodbye Sinai, and is set in 1982, at the time of Israel’s return of the Sinai peninsula to Egypt. This story is about a hitch-hiking trip down the Sinai peninsula, which involved a number of unexpected incidents and developments.
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True Tales of a Traveller: One Day in Bangkok - Book cover
True Tales of a Traveller is a series of short stories and novellas consisting of several dozen traveller’s tales covering 35 years. Although presented in a short story format for reading convenience, these stories are not fiction. Apart from some of the characters’ names which have been changed to protect their identities, everything in these stories is true. The tenth story in the True Tales of a Traveller series, One Day in Bangkok is set in Thailand and the Netherlands in the mid-1980s.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Just a Businessman - Book cover
Just A Businessman is the seventh in the True Tales of a Traveller series. The story is set in Indian Kashmir in the mid 1980s and can now finally be told without consequence. At nearly 17,000 words, this story is a lengthy short story which may need more than one sitting. Like the other stories in the series, it provides not only an entertaining read, but also information on all the places visited, some relevant only to the era in which the story is set, but most still relevant today.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Alternative Medicine - Book cover
The fourth story in the series (this story), Alternative Medicine, is set mostly in Greece and Egypt in 1983. At around 13,000 words, this story is a lengthy short story which may need more than one sitting. Like the other stories in the series, it provides not only an entertaining read, but also information on all the places visited, some relevant only to the era in which the story is set, but most still relevant today.
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True Tales of a Traveller: The Long Way Home - Book cover
At over 17,000 words, the story borders on novella length. Unlike the first two stories of the series, The Long Way Home is set not in one country, but in half-a-dozen. But like the other stories in the series, it provides not only an entertaining read, but also information on all the places visited, some relevant only to the era in which the story is set, and some still relevant today. In addition to being a travel story, The Long Way Home is also a love story, and a story about the unexpected twists and turns that can occur in personal relationships.
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True Tales of a Traveller: Working Holiday - Book cover
True Tales of a Traveller is a series of stories (5,000-15,000 words) covering 35 years. Although presented in a short story format for reading convenience, these stories are not fiction. They will all be priced at between US$0.00 and $0.99 (‘permafree’ is dependent on Amazon’s agreement) for the coming year. They will appeal to anyone with an interest in travel, contemporary history, geography, culture, or international relations, or anyone who just likes good short reads.
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The Taiwan Experience - Book cover
The book is the first of three covering Taiwan's gradual evolution from a one-party state to the democracy it is today, as seen through the eyes of a foreigner and Taiwan citizen resident for over 30 years. It covers both social and political changes, and provides insight into present-day political circumstances as well as government-criminal organisation connections, among other things.
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