Saturday, 30 January 2016

Diamonds for Rice

Diamonds for Rice is a biography that tells the remarkable yet entirely true story of Eric Evans.

Eric survived a terrorist bomb, a civil war and cancer of the blood. Two of his bone marrow transplants came fro the same young donor.

 Eric was standing directly next to the terrorist who bombed Orley Airport, in France.

He survived being interrogated several times in war-ravaged Liberia and was able to buy his way out of the civil wear in that country by the use of a bag of rice.

Eventually, Eric was lying in a hospital bed, pondering his life. In six decades he had seen a great deal and lived through a lot. Including blood cancer.

He knew that he must now finish off writing the story of his extraordinary life.

The result is his book Diamonds for Rice, which skilfully interweaves the various aspects of his incredible journey through the North Sea oil boom, his first Million Pounds by age 28 and his adventures and escape from Liberia and his battle with blood cancer aided and abetted by many people, but most especially by Axel, his double marrow donor.

This is a truly remarkable book as not only does it relate Eric's amazing story it also promotes the campaigns to help beat blood cancer.

The book is published by Matador at £10.99 and is, of course, available through the That's Books book shop which you will find on the right hand side of this review.

For details of how to help the campaign you can visit

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