'Theatre, food, refugees: in Adrian's writing they're all linked up ...If you haven't read his book AA GILL IS AWAY, read it now.
It was when he was away that he was at his best' Stephen Daldry A.
A. Gill was probably the most read columnist in Britain.
Every weekend he entertained readers of the SUNDAY TIMES with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant reviews.
Even those who objected to his opinions agree: his writing is hopelessly, painfully funny.
He was one of a tiny band of must-read journalists and it was always a disappointment when the words 'A.A.
Gill is away' appeared at the foot of his column. This book is the fruit of those absences: twenty-five long travel pieces that belie his reputation as a mere style-journalist and master of vitriol: this is travel writing of the highest quality and ambition.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 25
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 06/03/2003
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780753816813
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Review by BruceCoulson
Very much in the style of Who Hates Whom, this delightful little travelogue was alternatively depressing and funny. Not great social commentary, but worht a few laughs.
Review by tortoisebook
I received this book for Christmas having never read Gill before. It is a collection of articles written for the Sunday Times and GQ magazine arranged geographically into chapters South, East, West & North.I think the book started well with the articles on Africa - the one on Uganda was outstanding. Throughout he challenges the reader: we all know the problems faced by people of Africa but how much do we really care? Do we get up and actively do something or do we turn the page and read about something else? 'East' had an eye-opening chapter about Japan, a country I now realise I know very little about, and an excellent one about the Aral Sea highlighting an ecological disaster that very few people know about.Towards the end of the book I began to get annoyed with Gill. He is scathing about the lifestyles of the wealthy in his articles on Milan and Monaco and points out that these lifestyles are about posing, parties and living the high life whilst, actually, the participants are lonely individuals who aren't really happy at all, despite their wealth. This brings me to my objection - Gill states in his introduction that he wanted to 'interview places', that's fine but in doing so he has watched the people and formed his own judgements without out appearing to speak to these people. Does he look at them and decide that they can't be intelligent or happy or that they're all the same - try speaking to them, they might surprise you!I liked this book and enjoyed Gill's writing and humour. The whole point of journalism is to inform and spark debate. Simply not liking him because you don't agree with his views or background is missing the point. I didn't agree with everything he wrote but it certainly got me thinking.
Review by quiBee
This is a series of articles about AA Gill's travels around the world.<br/>The stories range from extraordinary, bitter and funny depictions of parts of the world that are often little known, to rather better known areas observed just a bit differently. <br/>The quality of the stories varies from 5 star to 3 star, but are almost always interesting.