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Carl_parmenter
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At the time I read Bill Bryson’s “Down Under”, I was travelling Australia and about two months in to my trip. I loved the book, probably mostly because I was there and could relate to things he was talking about. It was kinda nice to learn stuff about the country I was in through the book too. Although I have since read 2 other Bill Bryson books and I didn’t like either of them, so I am not sure if I only liked it because it was about Oz and I was IN Oz!

I also read Down Under when I arrived in Oz, managed to finish it within a week as I was hooked. I know what you mean about it being better when you’re in the country but Notes From a Small Island was great on the flight to Oz. Since returning to the real world I’ve enjoyed a few more of his books too

Not travel related but I’m currently reading Charlie Brooker’s books which compile his articles from The Guardian, so critiques of TV shows and random ramblings from a great comedy writer who hates everyone and everything. Dawn of the Dumb is pure genius, I’m about half way through his third (and most recent) book, The Hell of it All at the moment. His ‘Unvalentines Day’ article could be one of the funniest things I’ve read in recent years


katt_47
Participant

I hadn’t heard about that Charlie Brooker book i will definitely be seeking it out he is a ledge. (I’ve met him! Be jealous!)

My favourite travel book without a shadow of a doubt is Motorcycle Diaries. I read it while living in a bookshop in Paris when I’d just turned 18 and left school with soo many dreams of travelling the world and experiencing new things. It’s inspired me to go to South America and I really love the characters and the true story behind it.

Also enjoyed On the road. Can re-read it many times and get something new out of it.


Denton32
Moderator

Ahh the Motorcycle Diaries! Of course! I forgot all about that!
That is a close second after The Alchemist, for me.


James1985
Moderator

I enjoyed Peter Moore’s ‘The Wrong Way Home’ as it’s not trying to be too intelligent or too outlandish, just fun and enjoyable.

Another great read is ‘Are You Experienced’ by William Sutcliffe. A rather infantile but very amusing look at a gapyear students trip to India. Particularly good for anyone who has been to India (or better still is just getting over the culture shock of India) but amusing for anyone.

Are you experienced is a belter!


Lauraanne
Participant

Its a cliche, but there’s nothing better than reading the Beach in a hammock on Koh Tao


hdsimmons
Moderator

I enjoyed The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore. However, I thought Backpack my Emily Barr was awful. I thought the way she described some of the Asian towns was spot on but the actual plot was dreadful. I can’t believe it would be a true story it too ridiculous!


Jamiebale
Participant

It was more a true story about drug smuggling in Thailand that scared the hell out of me and kept making me think people had put stuff in my bag. Damage Done: My 12 years of hell in a Bankok prison by Warren Fellows. Great book, but not so good to read just before you are going over the border from Thailand to malaysia!!


Mat_sexton
Participant

Marching Powder by Rusty Young – true story bro !

I bought this on my last day in Oz (the 1st time) read it within 4 days. Was a great book. I decided rather than sell it back to a bookstore, I wrote in the top of it what I thought of the book and asked whoever had it next to do the same and pass it on. haha somewhere out there is my book with hopefully loads of comments. Maybe one day it will return to me. I should have put an address in hahahah


Lauraanne
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It was more a true story about drug smuggling in Thailand that scared the hell out of me and kept making me think people had put stuff in my bag. Damage Done: My 12 years of hell in a Bankok prison by Warren Fellows. Great book, but not so good to read just before you are going over the border from Thailand to malaysia!!

I read that when I was in Vietnam…. yeah kind of made us paranoid too!


James1985
Moderator

Damage done- a book about a moaning fuck aussie twat who spends the whole book crying that he doesnt deserver to be in prison when he had spent years smuggling crack and got caught. Knew what he was doing, deserved it in my opinion.

Marching Powder- a book about a rather amusing scouser who got caught smuggling cocaine from bolivia and tells his story about living in a mental prison, and doesnt spend the whole time crying about it because he knows it was his fault!

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