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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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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 ...

davidbuttery 29.10.2011 ∑ Read full review
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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 ...

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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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