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BACKPACKING WITH BRIAN [Kindle Edition]

Bryn M Parry
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This is a salutary tale of the 'adventures' of a pair of extremely innocent backpackers (one a debutante in this form of vacational masochism) as they embark on two, climatically very different, trips on the near continent. Seeking shelter each night sometimes in their tiny tent and at other times in accommodation of a very dubious kind (the names of these establishments have been changed to protect the guilty) they set about exploring some of Western Europe's major cities. Their routes take in the delights, and dangers, to be found in, amongst others- Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Lyon, Salamanca, Geneva etc. You name it... and they had a traumatic 'arthropod-related experience' there. They also managed to be the victims of two successful robberies in the space of one, extremely uncomfortable, evening and also contracted most of the holiday ailments known to modern medicine...Oh yes, and they had to witness a totally gratuitous display of 'fancy dress nudity' which would have broken lesser men! Were these two 'adherents of the pack' hapless or unlucky in befalling these tribulations? Well, I'm still not sure..... but I do know that they did survive to tell the tale in all its grimy, in need of a proper wash, detail.

About the Author

The author was born into the austere world of 1950's Bootle (just missing out on the delights of post-war rationing). He enjoyed a very happy childhood living in an extremely un-insulated council house with his parents and sister surrounded by a very supportive community of neighbours. His education was carried out at Sterrix Lane Primary, and then the local Grammar School, to a soundtrack of the impeccable music of the seventies. He will be eternally thankful to Harold Wilson for withstanding intense pressure from 'across the pond' preventing him from having 'The Vietnam Experience' and instead 'went to college'. During his periods of Higher Education he accumulated a minimalist wardrobe plus a BEd(Hons), MSc and PhD at Edgehill College and The University of Liverpool. A prolongued career as a Secondary School Teacher came to its climax in 2005 with only a minor set of nervous ticks as a legacy. During the few fleeting moments left unaccounted for whilst maintaining his three highly energy-efficient little children the author has managed to pen this 'work'. Hope you like it!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BFB4I6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The author was born into the austere world of 1950's Bootle (just missing out on the delights of post-war rationing).He enjoyed a very happy childhood living in an extremely un-insulated council house with his parents and sister, surrounded by a supportive community of neighbours. His early education was undertaken at Sterrix Lane Primary in an old barrack hut vacated by an 'anti-aircraft battery' (which, somehow, managed to be even colder than his perma-frosted bedroom). The teenage Bryn spent most of his time swatting at Bootle Grammar School for Boys (to a soundtrack of the impeccable music of The 70's). Parry emerged from his 'school years' long-haired and eternally grateful to Harold Wilson for withstanding intense pressure from 'across the pond' thereby saving him from having 'The Vietnam Experience'. During his periods doing 'The Higher Education Thing' the author accumulated a minimalist wardrobe plus a BEd(Hons.), MSc and PhD at Edge Hill and Liverpool University. A prolongued career as a Secondary School Teacher came to its glorious climax in 2005 with only a minor set of 'nervous twitches' as a legacy. In the few fleeting moments left unaccounted for whilst maintaining his three 'highly energy-efficient' little children, the author has managed to write some books. You might find them funny...................

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4.0 out of 5 stars Would Be Backpacker 4 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
Great little book for would be travellers like myself. Very real and funny and it didnt put me off one bit. It only served to make me get planning, be prepared and head off into the great unknown in the footsteps of Bryn and Brian. Loved the honesty about the long rail journeys, dodgy food, even dodgier characters and the dreaded "squits"! Can't wait for a follow up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Backpatting for Bryn 17 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book as a gift from my long-suffering wife who for many years has had to endure my own tales of interrailing as a spotty, lanked haired student in the 70s. She thought I'd identify with these 2 hapless characters in the book. I hadn't expected to, but oh boy, did I! By the end of the book I felt I knew these guys personally and had shared some unique adventures with them in some pretty cheesey places. Unfortunately, I had to stifle my laughter constantly(particularly during the recounting of Brian's vain attempt extract the 'trousseau' from the parisian hotel)as my incontinence threatened to get the better of me! Don't get me wrong, this book is no erudite thesis on the the joys of travel by such luminaries as Bruce Chatwin, Ted Simon, et al. but a searingly honest journal of innocent (well almost!) adventures in the first flush of manhood. An impressive debut that left me wishing I'd been there with them. I really hope there's another collection of tales in the pipeline. You are to be congratulaed Mr Parry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS -hurry up and write the sequel! 18 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I read a lot and this was definitely the FUNNIEST book I read last year. It is a refreshing change to all the miserable bioraphical accounts out there. Parry's warm and witty narration brings the amusing situations and characters to life and by the end the reader feels that they know him personally and care for him and Brian. My favourite passages are the descriptions of the food he encounters which are so detailed I actually felt hungry after each reading.I am waiting impatiently for the sequel as I need to know what happens next with Cathy, where he travelled to next and - most of all- I need a good laugh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars backpacking laugh 25 April 2012
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Good light hearted read was read in 2 nights made me wish to go out and do a bit more exploring when I go on my travels,been to a few of these places on my motorbike travels but wish now that I had spent a bit more time in some of the places,just need to remember baby wipes and deodorant,would recommend this book for anyone needing a good laugh and an incite into what can go wrong on travels to France.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read 10 April 2012
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Sort of travel book to pick up and put down when you feel like it.. bumbles along at a nice easy pace.. I didnt laugh out loud at any point but a couple of sniggers escaped.. I understand theres a follow up book to look out for.. I enjoyed this one..wished Id had/ got the confidence to go back packing !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun ! 12 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! An honest account of backpacking around Europe. Bryn and Brian definitely did not make it easy for themselves ! With some great situations that only true backpackers could find themselves in, lots of highs and lows, and plenty of laugh out loud moments, this is a book to put a smile on anybody face. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing the craic 4 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Very entertaining read!
I live in Spain now, but "Backpacking with Brian" had me wishing I was back in the pub sharing the craic with a few mates....There are always those friends who bore you with every detail of their perfect and expensive holidays... and the real mates who have you splitting your sides laughing with how their travels really went,squits and all!These are the stories you want to hear and this is the book you want to read!
Its conversational style is its charm-such a refreshing change from the "know-all" travelogues.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy 30 Jan 2014
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This is a great comedy about 2 friends who go backpacking together. They are not really similar in their likes and dislikes but they get on great. This is a good knowlegable book regarding the countries they visit and the things that happen to them. I am not going to tell you the story as that would really spoil the book for you. You really must read it for yourself. It is well worth a read, it had me laughing out loud in some parts and most of it smiling; also wondering what was going to happen to them next.
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