A Geordie Up the Ganges #BookReview #IndieAuthor

Written by Nell Cook


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She’s stumbling through the mid-life crisis from hell…and then she receives a diagnosis that puts her future in jeopardy.

She has two choices. Crumble or follow the call of her heart. She chooses life, and embarks on an adventure trip to India armed with pick-pocket-proof knickers and a shewee.

To add to her woes she must travel with a group of seven strangers.

Among her travelling companions are an upper-class toff with bossy tendencies, and a wisecracking, gorgeous Glaswegian who says he’s in it for the adventure.

During the journey from one end of the Ganges to the other, Jen experiences the magic of the biggest festival on earth; rides the river’s rapids; and glimpses the wilder side of Varanasi.

Wanting pity from no-one, she hides her illness, and during the journey learns she’s not the only one with secrets.

Will opposites attract? Does Jen have the strength to resist the temptation of forbidden fruits? What will she discover about herself and others and, can she master the shewee?


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An Excellent Debut!    Stars 4


A very descriptive read of a journey through the sights, sounds – and smells – of India which drew me in from the first words.

When health problems lead to a sudden cancer diagnosis, Jen has to muster all her strength to deal with it. With her husband’s blessing, she sets off to travel through India on an organised tour – which means along with seven total strangers . . .

This is a book packed with detail. So much is packed into their trip, and it is all squeezed into the pages. I also experienced the sensory overload the author describes so well; the warmth of the people, the poverty and the wonderful festivals are all colourfully expanded upon, along with the budding friendships amongst fellow travellers. I fully admit to not have any desire to travel – this is my ideal way to enjoy the delights of India! I enjoy my home comforts far too much to take on this kind of journey; at times the facilities are basic in the extreme and nothing is left out of this fabulous tale. For a first novel, it is a delight to read, easy to follow and choc-a-bloc with information and even more touching when you find out that it’s very much the author’s personal experiences. For me, an excellent four star book!

My thanks to the author for providing my copy; as always, all opinions are strictly honest and entirely my own.


Tags: friendship, humour, semi-biographical, travel

  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 312 pages
  • Publication Date: 31 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon


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Author Bio


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Nell Cook is an author, photographer, and Geordie Lass who writes stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

Her debut novel, A Geordie Up The Ganges, was inspired by a life-changing trip to India that she undertook just five days after a shock cancer diagnosis. Poignant and hilarious, Nell’s novel celebrates the love, strength, humour and sheer determination to beat the odds we each have within us.

Nell was born and bred in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and now lives in Blackpool. She works in finance and writes in every spare moment she can carve out of her day. She has a passion for photography too and can often be found in the Lake District with her camera on a tripod. She is little but noisy, enjoys drinking coffee and loves witnessing the rising of the sun.


Social Media

Website: nellcookauthor.com

Twitter: @AuthorNellC

Facebook: @nellcookauthor


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One thought on “A Geordie Up the Ganges #BookReview #IndieAuthor

  1. Hi Grace,

    Thank you so much for your great review.

    I’m really glad I was able to take you along with Jen on her trip to India.

    Thanks also for posting your review on Goodreads, seeing it there has really made my day.

    Thanks for your support, it’s means a lot to me. Very best wishes Nell 🙂 x


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