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Burgundy (Drive Around) [Paperback]

Andrew Sanger
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 3rd Revised edition edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184848013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848480131
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.8 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm the author of thiry-seven popular travel guides and two novels, The J-Word and The Slave. After thirty years as a travel journalist and guidebook writer, I found myself wanting to write about something close to home. Both novels are set in Golders Green, the London neighbourhood where I live.

To read about my novels and see what reviewers thought of them, see http://www.andrewsanger.com/The-J-Word and http://www.andrewsanger.com/The-Slave.

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The Slave has been published in 2013 as a paperback and a Kindle e-book.

The Slave is about freedom, and what it means to three different people living near one another in Golders Green, London's largest Jewish neighbourhood. The three are Neil Chapman, a young loner who works as a van driver; Bernard Kassin, an elderly lawyer, practising Jew and respected member of the local community; and Liliana Petreanu, who is being kept captive in a room nearby and forced to work as a prostitute.

When Liliana asks Neil to help her escape, it becomes clear that going to the police is not one of his options. Nevertheless, he is willing to do anything at all to free her. When things get out of control, he calls desperately on Bernard for help. Bernard must then decide whether to risk his whole career and his position in society simply to help Liliana.

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The J-Word was published as a paperback in the UK in 2009, and came out in a Kindle edition in 2011. It was very well received in the UK, had excellent reviews in the British press, and was featured at London's Jewish Book Week and the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival.

The J-Word tells the story of an elderly Jewish man called Jack Silver. Jack is resolutely secular and long ago repudiated everything Jewish. He thinks of himself as English. When Jack is beaten up by an antisemitic gang in a Golders Green alleyway, a more religious Jew comes to his aid and advises him to go to the police. But Jack doesn't do that. Together with his 10-year-old grandson Danny, he sets out to outwit and track down the thugs and bring them to justice in his own way. The hunt takes Jack into memories of his childhood and the two unlikely heroes discover a shared identity spanning generations that eventually draws the whole family together.

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I've contributed travel features to a wide spectrum of British national newspapers, magazines and websites, and for ten years I was the editor of French Railways' customer magazine.

Apart from the two novels, I've written more than thirty-five travel guides, mainly to different regions of France, but also to Flanders, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Ireland and Israel. Most have been translated into several languages. My three latest travel guides are all to Normandy, and were published in 2010 and 2013.

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This guide expertly divides Burgundy and the Rhone Valley into touring areas - one per chapter. From the Romanesque churches of Vezelay and Auxerre to the venerable vineyards of the Cote d'Or, and from the gastronomic delights of Lyon to the charming backwaters of the Brionnais. In every chapter, you will find up-to-date attraction, lodging, shopping and eating recommendations for individual towns, or for the area as a whole. This title takes you a drive through the monumental architecture and unspoiled wilderness of the Cure and Cousin valleys. It shows you the sights of Lyon, France's second city and a World Heritage Site and a journey among the Cotes Du Rhone, visiting vineyards and admiring the stunning views before reaching the Alps.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical but not comprehensive 14 Sep 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This Thomas Cook presented travel guide is aimed at, as the full title suggests, those on a driving tour of Burgundy. It offers fairly helpful breakdowns in five-star format or what is to be recommended in a particular region or town, and/or conversely what is not. Almost without exception (Lyon being that exception) it would appear the Thomas Cook does not recommend Burgundy for children, but as a sensible company it should not of course condone any type of underage drinking. That said, and joking aside, Burgundy is not a great place for most children. It is mostly rural with little activity to distract them, but this is not a review of Burgundy the place or its produce, rather this book.

The guide comes with some French driving basics for those scared of the task ahead, providing some instruction on road etiquette and the meaning of certain road signs. It provides some general travel tips and 'useful' information such as stating that France likes to be an hour ahead of the UK. This may be obvious to you, but perhaps not to some others. Its advice to the novice on hotels and translations of certain local drinks and food is however quite useful.

But this is not the guide's bread and butter. It sets out to bring you great drives in Burgundy, and that it mostly delivers along with adequate maps (though a more detailed one of the whole region is recommended to supplement). The key is in the phrasing. The guide does not state 'the best drives' and it is wise not to because the ones I took on its advice were satisfactory, some very pleasant, but not all. For example, it directs you down the grand tour of vineyards from Dijon to Beaune, driving through such names as Gevry Chambertin and Nuits St George.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am finding this book very useful in helping me to get my head round the detailed planning of an itinerary which includes the Dijon area (Burgundy), reached from Paris (Fontainebleau), and the Rhone Valley. It goes into more detail than the Eyewitness Guide for the whole of France ( a good starting point for an overview) without getting too bogged down in details. The presentation is very clear with a road map for each section, town plans to show key points of interest, and attractive photographs.

My main criticism is the lack of an index at the end to find places quickly e.g. like Geneuille, Chonas d'Amballan or Grignan where I have already booked overnight stops.

The guide would have been of more use to me if it had also included Franche-Comte i.e. places like Besancon, Ornans and Ronchamp, which one is very likely to want to visit when travelling in the Dijon area. So, I have had to invest in a Michelin Guide on Burgundy-Jura as well in order to cover Franche-Comte, which means duplication and adds to the cost and weight of books carried.
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