"Brilliant!" Mandy Cockburn, A Call from the Future

"An excellent read." Geoffrey Halstead, Covering the World

"We would like to thank you for all your efforts and guidance... we would not have been able to achieve the finished manuscript without your professional help in both the writing of the book and the synopsis; you have truly made it into a book well worth reading, and we now have high hopes of getting it published." Karen Stephens, Casualties of the Mind Field

"My biography has gone down really well and people have expressed their delight in reading it. Not just one or two but almost everyone who received it... my congratulations to you on an inspired piece of work." Lionel Gorick, A Journey to Prosperity



"We have received many compliments regarding our new brochure. Thanks to your experience and professionalism we have achieved a product of a superior quality to that of our competitors." Ian Hunter, Utopia Homes

"Thank you for the superb job that you have done producing my brochures. I will not hesitate to recommend you to other colleagues who I feel would greatly benefit from your listening ear, attention to detail and prompt service." Sally Griffiths, Hands in Harmony

"The copy for the brochure and site are great." Steve McClean, SM Consultancy Ltd

"Thanks so much for the copy and all of your help; the feedback that I have had has been great ... it has been so appreciated." Diane Evans, Sure Events



"Since Alan began working with the Institute of Directors, our coverage in both Lancashire and Cumbria has increased beyond recognition. We now have regular coverage in both parts of the region across many publications. Alan has a superb and direct relationship with the major publications in the North West and seems to have an amazing knack of getting almost weekly coverage for us. Alan's work has truly exceeded our expectations. He is a consummate professional, well connected and a pleasure to work with." Laura Wolfe, Institute of Directors, North West

"We have achieved some excellent press coverage, both locally and in the national press, enhancing the company image considerably. Your approach to understanding the business and assisting and coaching has been invaluable. I would like to add that it has been as much fun as it has been effective and I will definitely recommend Inkwell to others." Mike Peters, Universal Products

“You made sure the end results were exactly what Xyone required.” Steve Robinson, Xyone

“Your business is about generating awareness and publicising your clients’ businesses and you have certainly achieved this.” John Carroll, Barsbank Consultancy



"Thank you for your continual expertise and advice with regard to our newsletter and newspaper editorial. The feedback from our clients has been very positive and we find our newsletters to be an extremely effective marketing tool." Sue Cox, Concept Conferences

“Thanks to you and your professional, friendly approach we now have a newsletter to be proud of.” Rawsthorn's Solicitors



`Alan captures Africa to a `T' - the joy and heartache, the despair and exhilaration, the moments of sheer insanity.' PETER MOORE

‘Excellent book, a well-written and insightful travel adventure. Highly recommended.’ GRANT JOHNSON, Horizons Unlimited

`Mr Whelan... sense of adventure verges on insanity... with a keen, predominantly optimistic eye, Whelan portrays his encounters poignantly.' Real Travel

`Extraordinary one-man mission... with no shortage of adventures along the way... the most physically and emotionally challenging months of his life.'   Blackpool Gazette

`[I] thoroughly enjoyed... His writing ability is way above the norm... recommend African Brew Ha-Ha to anyone with the travel gene.' Adventure Travel OnLine

`An amazing 14,000-mile African motorbiking odyssey - to prove the power of a nice cup of tea can unite the world.' Lancashire Evening Post

‘He described his adventures and mishaps with a disarming honesty... fresh insights into life in some of Africa's forgotten corners.’ Lancashire Writers' Hub




'THIS BOOK is a brilliant read. It's very funny; it's educational; it's thought provoking; it's inspirational.'

'A BRILLIANT book ... highly recommended.'

'A FANTASTIC story of a real adventure.' 

'FUNNY, fascinating and full of life ... kept me gripped from cover to cover.'

'SUPERBLY written, very easy to read and very difficult to put down.'

'A STYLISH accomplished writer ... read it and be enriched by his experience.'

'EXHILARATION, frustration and joy as the author takes you through his emotional journey. Excellent read.'

'A REWARDING READ not just as a travelog but as a journey of personal discovery ... Alan Whelan has taken up the torch lit by Ted Simon and carried it forward to a new generation.'



'THOUGHTFUL, contemplative and gentle, rich with the humour of the chance encounter with strange Ghanaian characters and tinged at other times with sadness. Another interesting adventure by a man seemingly oblivious to the risk of the unknown. Read and enjoy. I did.’

'A GREAT READ, very entertaining and I read it in one sitting. It's a feel-good book that makes you want to go to Ghana.’



'In his third motorcycle adventure Alan Whelan lives even more dangerously. Much of the story is indeed dark and difficult reading - the Rwanda massacres in particular make an uncomfortable chapter. However Alan's positive approach to Africa and its myriad variety of people add up to a wonderful and inspiring story.'

'What a fantastic book, I couldn't put it down and 4 days later I had already turned the last page. If you are interested in adventure motorcycle travel, or the areas surrounding Lake Viktoria this provide a fascinating insight into the life of the locals and the history of the first western explorers in the region.'