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At The Captain's Table: Life on a Luxury Liner (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Thomson
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hugh Thomson had always wanted to travel right around the planet. He just never had the money. Until he realised he could do it on the world’s most expensive luxury cruise.

Mischievous and entertaining, this is the first book to be written about a new phenomenon – the strange and unreported world of small luxury cruise ships, so exclusive that if you need to ask how much they cost, you probably can't afford them.

So don’t act like the Cruise Queen Bee who, when she received her invitation to the Captain’s table, wrote back giving her apologies and explaining, ‘I cannot accept your invitation as, on principle, I never eat with the staff.’ Buy the book and take your place as Hugh serves up tales that are clear-sighted about the rich and observant of the new world opening up on our horizons, powered by a supercharged 32,000 ton luxury liner, a microcosm of 21st-century life, with its superb engineering that almost, but not quite, overcomes all the indignities the natural world can throw at it.

Hugh’s previous books have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic – ‘Everywhere Thomson goes, he finds good stories to tell’ New York Times Book Review – and this new book will delight his many fans.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 732 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J8HJW8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hugh Thomson believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose.  

He writes about the wilder corners of the planet, from the edges of Peru to the Himalayas, looking for Inca ruins and lost cultures. Geographical commented that 'He is a writer who explores and not an explorer who writes.'

In 2012 Random House published 'The Green Road into the Trees: An Exploration of England', in which Hugh for the first time wrote about his own country, an account of a journey along prehistoric trackways. 'An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid', The Spectator.

His previous books include: 'The White Rock', 'Nanda Devi' and  'Cochineal Red:  Travels through Ancient Peru' (all Weidenfeld & Nicolson), and he has collected some of his favourite places in the lavishly illustrated '50 Wonders of the World'.

In 2009 he wrote 'Tequila Oil', a memoir about getting lost in Mexico when he was eighteen and, in the words of the Alice Cooper song, 'didn't know what he wanted'. It was serialised by BBC R4 as 'Book of the Week'.

"Delightful, celebratory and honest....In a way 'Tequila Oil' is the first installment of his now-complete trilogy, his 'Cochineal Red' and 'The White Rock' being two of the finest books on Latin America of recent years."  (Rory MacLean, The Guardian)

His first Kindle Single, At The Captain's Table,a life hearted account of travelling around the world by luxury liner, went to #2 in the USA non-fiction charts for Kindle Singles on release.

See www.thewhiterock.co.uk for more, including his blog and events at which he is speaking.


Customer Reviews

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting More 13 May 2014
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I love cruising and was hoping this book would be a little more "below stairs" informing us of life on the ocean wave. It read like a travelog, which is not what I was expecting. I was left looking for more!
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As always with Hugh Thomson's books, this is well written. A highly amusing study of human nature aboard a round-the-world cruise, told with his refreshingly anarchic view of the world, and a fair bit of travel advice thrown in. I read it in two longish sittings, and it ended leaving me wanting more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and disappointing 7 July 2014
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I didn't bother to finish this! Boring and disappointing. Misleading title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shortish, but enjoyable read and well worth it 1 July 2014
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Hugh Thomsom is paid to go on a world cruise. This is a delightful account of his journey in the floating land of luxury.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 1 Jun. 2014
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As a bloke who doesn't have a penny to scratch his own arse I enjoy the book as I'll never afford the trip
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight 25 May 2014
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An enjoyable look into how the other half live, although I would have liked the book to be longer and perhaps go into more details about the day to day running, passengers and staff. A good read for the hour before you board a flight, just as long as you aren't going on your first cruise as I imagine after reading this you would be woefully disappointed!
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This is what I would term a lightweight but interesting book but one's opinion depends entirely on your own interests.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cruise Ship Stories 7 May 2014
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The Guy Beach book Cruise Ship Stories is okay but the writing style is amateur and the typing/spelling is atrocious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy holiday read
Light-hearted and jolly read. Gives a good flavour of the places the ship visits.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Cozens
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK read
Published 8 months ago by Paul Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little disappointed with the book but the service and delivery was very good. Can't fault Amazon
Published 8 months ago by Johno
3.0 out of 5 stars good holiday reading
Some good observational writing and very funny in parts.
Published 10 months ago by Thea
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into luxury cruising?
Interesting view of luxury cruising from an on-board lecturer. Read whilst cruising aboard P&O Ventura.
Can't imagine this guy would hack it on P&O!
Published 10 months ago by Mike of Hereford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Interesting funny read. Well written and a nice insight into the lives of the wealthy.
Published 10 months ago by G. A. Rymkiewicz
3.0 out of 5 stars not finished it yet
Sorry but I have only read part of this, I think it is a pick up and read when you feel like it book
Published 10 months ago by snowey1
3.0 out of 5 stars On a luxury liner.
It was not what I expected. I thought it would have humorous tales of people who sat with the captain,
but it didn't,, so a bit disappointed .
Published 11 months ago by Mrs B.Marsh
2.0 out of 5 stars Some bits interesting
I found reading about the mega rich somewhat interesting how ever the book was slightly dull and had no real appeal to me
Published 11 months ago by Lucy S.
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