Book: Rich in Small Things by Helen J. Bealcategories: Book, Adventure, Mongolia, Mongol Rally, Poker, Ulaanbaatar, Gumball Rally, Car Rally, Adventurers, Adventurists, Land Rover, Land Rover Ambulance, Contemporary Literary Fiction
Helen J. Bealabout this book: Rich in Small Things is a work of contemporary literary fiction inspired by the Silk Roads and my own experiences driving a twenty-year old Land Rover ambulance to Mongolia. The protagonist, Melissa Lavender, is a hedge-fund trader who loses her job and seeks comfort in the arms of her best friend, poker. Her obsession with the game leads her into the East End of London to a game run by the Ukrainian mafia and she finds herself in all sorts of trouble.
I learned a lot about poker writing this book as I had to play a lot to feel I could write the game scenes with the care they needed - I read Victoria Coren's book For Richer for Poorer and this inspired this facet of Melissa's character. Melissa also has two love interests in the book - one inspired by a friend at work, the other initially inspired by Daniel Tammet, the author of Born on a Blue Day. This book is for adventurers of any age and although male readers find a lot to love in the detail of the mechanics of the adventure, Melissa is a strong, independent woman many women will relate to.
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