To Hull and Back : On Holiday in Unsung Britain Paperback
...one of the best ways to get to know a country is to take yourself to the less touristy, less obvious destinations. And let's face it: things don't get much less touristy than Slough...As staff travel writer on The Times since 1997, Tom Chesshyre had visited over 80 countries on assignment, and wondered: what is left to be discovered?
He realised that the answer might be very close to home.
In a mad adventure that took him from Hull to Hell (actually a rather nice holiday location in the Isles of Scilly), Tom visited secret spots of Unsung Britain in search of the least likely holiday destinations.
He got to know the real Coronation Street in Salford, explored Blade Runner Britain in Port Talbot, discovered that everything's quite green in Milton Keynes, met real-life superheroes and many a suspicious landlady, and watched a football match with celebrity chef Delia Smith in Norwich.
With a light and edgy writing style Tom peels back the skin of the unfashionable underbelly of Britain, and embraces it all with the spirit of discovery.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/07/2010
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9781849530606
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Review by edwardsgt
An interesting travel around the less obvious tourist places of Britain to see what they have to offer, with some surprising revelations. The author's travels take him to Hull, Slough, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Derry, Coventry, Port Talbot, Salford, South Shields, Croydon and Hell on the Scilly Isles before returning to Hull for another look. Recommended.