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A diplomatic disgrace

Advantages: The funny parts are hilarious, some interesting cultural snippets
Disadvantages: much unnecessary political stuff; unlikeable author

Brigid Keenan's "Diplomatic Baggage" is a prime example of one of those books where one does not have to particularly like the narrator in order to gain enjoyment from reading. Perhaps it's hard to believe that I laughed out loud while reading this on an ...

fizzytom 05.10.2008 · Read full review
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Russia: a journey to the heart of the country and its people

Advantages: informative, well reported historical facts and interesting encounters with locals
Disadvantages: too much personal life of the journalist in the book (not inherent to the context)

Russia (A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People) is a report about a journey through Russia, by a distinguished broadcaster and author Jonathan Dimbleby. The journey starts in Murmansk, in the Article Circle and ends in Vladivostock, in the Far ...

Lelo 13.09.2009 · Read full review
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Travelling back to the country of my childhood from my armchair

Advantages: Well researched, easy to read style of writing with some humour
Disadvantages: Of limited interest as the places visited are almost unknown

Wild Coast by John Gimlette ISBN 978-184668520 I read Fizzytom’s review on this book with great interest as British Guiana or Guyana as it is now known was my home until I was 11 years old. My family left in 1964 when I was due to start Secondary School b ...

catsholiday 13.08.2011 · Read full review
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Gimlette does the Guianas

Advantages: Simply excellent travel writing about a place I knew little about
Disadvantages: None

Having thoroughly enjoyed John Gimlette's 'At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig' I was looking forward with relish to reading 'Wild Coast', an account to his visit to the Guianas; I was not disappointed. A lawyer by profession, Gimlette is a charming and che ...

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Backpack Up Your Troubles

Advantages: Short, easy read
Disadvantages: Writer can be irritating at times

I purchased this book through a promotion on Amazon for Kindle books when it was free (now about the £2.50 mark). I have generally found some of the free or 99p purchases for the Kindle to be a bit hit and miss, and had avoided them for a while, in favour ...

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Review of Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America - Catherine Ryan Howard

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