Amy Baumann (Alexis Brown) – author of A Valley Wide, Ibiza – Obituary

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:14 pm Posted in a valley wide, Alexis Brown, Amy Baumann, ibiza, ishopibiza.com | Comments (0)

Alexis Brown the pseudonym of Amy Baumann, author of A Valley Wide, the recently-published memoir about her life in a remote part of Ibiza in the early 1960s, died on Sunday in Wigtown, following a stroke two weeks earlier. Her daughter Laura writes that “There will be no funeral, since Amy bequeathed her body to medical research, but we hope to hold a memorial walk on Cambo beach in Fife, her favourite walk and where we remembered her husband Henry after his death. This may well be on the 14th May, which would have been Amy’s 87th birthday. We will confirm nearer the time.”

Amy was pleased with the extremely positive response to her memoir when it was published by Ibiza’s Barbary Press for the first time last November, forty-five years after she finished writing it. The translation into Spanish by Eva María Rios Castillo also gave her great pleasure. “The books arrived today, and I’m delighted!” she wrote to publisher Martin Davies. “I’ve kept getting immersed in both versions, to the neglect of daily tasks. As you say, it’s been a long wait, but well worth it – thanks for your confidence and tenacity.”

A Valley Wide records the triumphs and misadventures of the three-year stay in San Vicente – getting to know locals, teaching the children, exploring the bay and alluring countryside, making ends meet, and numerous local traditions on the verge of disappearing. It also describes the construction of the asphalt road which linked this remote valley with the outside world.

a valley wideAmy Baumann (nee Brown) was born in rural Shropshire in 1922. During World War II she served in the Women’s Land Army and subsequently trained and worked as a teacher. In the late 1950s she settled in Formentera with her husband, the poet/historian Jack Beeching (1922-2001), and their two children, moving on to San Vicente in Ibiza several years later. She also wrote two adventure novels for children, Treasure in Devils’ Bay (1962, also published in Dutch) and Schooner on the Rocks (1966), and translated various books from Spanish, Dutch and German, including Alexander Exquemelin’s The Buccaneers of America.

In the late 1970s she moved to Fife, where she worked for ten years at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Last year she settled in Wigtown where her daughter runs one of the many second-hand bookshops that have made the place known to booklovers from all over the world. Amy’s lifelong love of language was recently marked by a collection of poems, Special Occasions (2007). She is survived by her daughter Laura (‘Flora’ in A Valley Wide) and her son John (‘Peter’), as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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