Mustn't Grumble

Author(s): Joe Bennett

Travel Writing

Fifteen years ago, Joe Bennett left England for a holiday. Now it's time to come back. But how is the England of his memory different from the England of the motorway? Identikit High Streets, imported cheeriness ( Welcome to Sunny Grimsby!'), chicken tikka poker machine pubs -- things aren't what they used to be. But the longer Joe travels, the more he wonders whether things were ever what they used to be in England. Even a century ago, H. V. Morton, the nation's most celebrated eulogiser, was In Search of England. Criss-crossing the country by varying means of transport and with varying degrees of enthusiasm, Joe Bennett delivers a dazzlingly funny and poignant portrait of his homeland -- part love letter, part eulogy and part diatribe, it is a wonderful follow-up to the acclaimed LAND OF TWO HALVES and establishes him as one of our most engaging travel writers. First published 2006.

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"In the face of waning traditions and modern tensions, [Bennett] still manages to capture the essence of England." --"Kirkus Reviews"

Joe Bennett was born in Brighton and since leaving Cambridge University has taught English in a variety of countries including Canada, Spain and New Zealand. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

General Fields

  • : 9781416526032
  • : Simon & Schuster
  • : Pocket Books
  • : June 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 19mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joe Bennett
  • : Paperback
  • : 914.20486
  • : 288