The Longest Way Home : One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, Paperback Book

The Longest Way Home : One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Andrew McCarthy explores the tumultuous, complicated, and circuitous route he's travelled to finally settle down with one woman, whom he married last August.

Telling this story through the lens of a series of seven exotic trips he's recently taken all over the world (Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Vienna, Kilimanjaro, Galway), he'll write about his wanderlust-and other lusts-and connect his obsession with travel with his phobia of commitment.

The story will culminate with one of the most momentous-and terrifying-days of his life: his wedding day.

A thoughtfully observant writer, McCarthy touches on his personal life, his acting career, and his fascination with travel in a truly captivating manner.

Genuine and spirited, The Longest Way Home is the fascinating story of how one man's insight into his relationships with both the people closest to him and the places very new to him allowed him to fully commit to another person.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 8 pp 4c insert; frontispiece
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781476709550



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Andrew McCarthy is an actor I remember from my teenage years, a man who features on a few of my favourite movies. So when I saw that he had a travel book that was about him dealing with his issues around marriage I was intrigued, when I read it I was charmed.I do empathise with his feeling of being twitchy in crowds and lonely within groups, I know that feeling all too well myself. In this he explores being in foreign countries, actually working for the National Geographic Traveler, and recounting some of his adventures, alongside his relationship with his now-wife and then-fiancee, and with his own issues and through these travels he comes to terms with himself and with his relationships with the people closest to him. I enjoyed the read, loved the bits about dealing with his issues and with the wedding and D's dealings with him, which came across as very Irish without being twee.I would recommend it. Not quite five star but damn close