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Don't Go There!

Advantages: It's a very good idea for a book
Disadvantages: It's just a badly executed one

Despite never really expecting to, I've long enjoyed Tony Hawks' books. The humour and invention with which he manages to make a travelogue into something that is part challenge and part joke is wonderful to read and a lot of fun to boot. He's dragged m ...

Soho_Black 03.04.2005 ∑ Read full review
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Do Not Pass Go! by Tim Moore

Advantages: Very funny and educational
Disadvantages: None

I was, I must admit, a little bit worried about this book to start with. Emblazoned on the front cover are the following words, in large, red block capitals: "HE IS A RARE COMIC TALENT" (The Times.) I need not have worried. As it became clear from befo ...

Martinscholes 13.08.2006 ∑ Read full review
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Better than Bryson?

Advantages: Funny *and* educational
Disadvantages: If you've never played Monopoly forget it

A travelogue with a difference, well they all say that donít they? In this case I think itís true though. Tim Moore has taken his lifelong interest, some may say obsession, with the game of Monopoly out on to the streets, and set it down in a book that ed ...

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Big Bad Dom

Advantages: Easy enough to read, amusing anecdotes mixed with more serious stuff, nice concept
Disadvantages: Awful photo reproduction, RRP too high, humour a little childish in places

...[NB: This book's correct name is The Dark Tourist.] Introduction A "dark tourist", so Dom Joly informs us in the introduction to this usually interesting and often entertaining read, is someone who deliberately seeks out destinations where unple ...

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What Goes on Behind Closed Doors

Advantages: An alternative look at Iranian and Afghan culture
Disadvantages: A little too academic at times

Iran and Afghanistan: countries that dominate the international headlines. It's hardly surprising that we should think we know them well even if we've never been there. In "Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard", Nicholas Jubber attempts to reveal the Af ...

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