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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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The perfect guide for planning visits throughout Britain

Advantages: Packed with information and the most stunning photography
Disadvantages: None for me

Whilst I would enjoy travelling abroad, since meeting my husband who has a number of health issues, we feel it safer to holiday in the UK. There are so many places that we would like to visit, which unfortunately, depends upon the very unpredictable Brit ...

Alyson29 28.07.2012 · Read full review
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Review of DK Eyewitness Portrait Of Britain - DK Publishing

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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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Review of Dark Tourist - Dom Joly

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Dreaming of Jupiter.....well it cured my insomnia!

Advantages: Heavily discounted
Disadvantages: Dull

I first read Jupiters Travels over twenty years ago, and when I finished the book I was all for getting on my bike and following in Ted's tyre tracks. Reality meant that I stayed at home however, though many others have done the same journey. When Drea ...

MrMopp 10.09.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Dreaming of Jupiter - Ted Simon

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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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Review of Drinking Arak off An Ayatollah's Beard - Nicholas Jubber

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