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Come Away With Me [Paperback]

Peter Burdon
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23 Oct 2009
A travel book with a difference. Notes from a sixty-four thousand mile honeymoon lasting 14 months.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam Books (23 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956314902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956314901
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great travel companion 19 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
You begin this book reading about two strangers travelling around the world on their honeymoon and you end it feeling like you've made two life long friends. This book is a great travel companion or just a relaxing sunday morning escape and I will read it again (always a sign of a good book). To add to the witty and thought provoking writing the author Peter Burdon is donating at least 50% of the royalties to 3 charities that they came across on their travels. Whichever way you look at it, buying this book is a win win. Happy reading.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended 29 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Firstly, I must say that I seldom read travel literature and only stumbled across this little gem when it was recommended to me by a friend. I am very happy that they chose to do so as this compilation of stories and musings are insightful, witty and well written. You can tell that the author has really put care and attention into crafting each story and all in all it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I have no reservations in recommending this book to all. Excellent stuff!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Come Away With Me is not just a collection of postcards from afar, but an in-depth description of other cultures and the importance of tradition. The emotions of each pit stop are described so well that it feels as if you are experiencing the global honeymoon trail with them. Reading this book made every experience feel possible, from the treacherous crossing of a frozen Siberian lake to the calling of spider monkeys in deepest darkest Amazonia. It is an inspiring read, because it makes you realise that anything on a personal 'must see' list is reachable, with only yourself to blame for not getting off your backside to do it! I feel very lucky to have read it and urge you to do likewise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coming up short on a dream trip 13 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I so wanted to like this book. Surely many people harbour a desire to "see the sun fall where it used to rise, buy the ticket, spend the lot" and make this sort of journey. So much of travel writing is about living out vicariously your own dreams in the actions of others, and the very best travel writing can make you feel as if you are there on the road alongside the writer. Sadly this book falls short of this mark in a number of ways. Ultimately, the fragmented, and often brief nature of some of the sections of the book feel like we are reading a blog in print. It all starts so well, with detailed description of the realities of new Russia, and the Trans-Siberian train journey, but becomes slight very quickly. I mean, Canada and Alaska get 9 pages! It's like Burdon himself lost his enthusiasm for writing the sort of travelogue I am sure he dreamed at the start would result from this once in a lifetime holiday. Latter sections of the book are more vignettes, and snippets of local colour without the detail of a context, or background to make the nature of these interesting, or arresting enough. It's a real shame, as the book promised so much. I've backpacked a good bit, and I know that often the actualities of such trips can become onerous and tiring, but in the end, it's always worth it. This book seems to lack the critical distance from the immediacy of the hassles Burdon relates in so many places to make one feel at times that it seems Burdon is wondering himself why he is making the trip. On Kindle, for the price it was OK, and diverting enough to want to finish it, but I think I'd be pretty miffed if I bought the paperback at full price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely enjoyable - highly recommended 15 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author takes you with him on a wonderful adventure around the world, visiting many fascinating places and meeting many colourful characters. His tales are witty, entertaining and insightful, and I found his writing style to be engaging and intelligent.
I think it would appeal to anyone - I've travelled extensively myself, and his stories helped bring back lots of memories of my own travels, yet my dad's barely set foot outside of the UK and he really enjoyed it too.
I'd highly recommend it on its own merit, and it's an added bonus that 50% of proceeds go to charity.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come away with me - PEter Burdon 3 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this travel-book-with-a-difference. It was well observed, nicely wry and ironic without being over the top. Well worth reading
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! 20 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read some of Bill Bryson's books and a friend recommended Come Away With Me as they thought I might like it. I'm so glad they did. I started it out of curiosity but was soon hooked. The author writes in a light and engaging manner and had me laughing out loud a number of times. I started by dipping into a few countries I've visited and then read it from beginning to end - both approaches worked really well. My favourite chapter was Argentina, especially the tango diaries, and I'm now planning my own trip to Buenos Aires. I also appreciate the author's intention to support the charities. Having read the book, I think I understand why, and it somehow feels like a continuation of the story. I really recommend this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds expectations 28 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of travel literature, and this book is really exceptional. You can dip into it and read a few of Burdon's fascinating and amusing tales, or sit for an afternoon drinking coffee imagining you are journeying with him as the tales weave themselves into a compelling, thoughtful and touching adventure to all corners of the globe. Very pleased I bought it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
If you've ever thought of doing a round the world trip, this book will give you some great ideas and a sense of adventure.
Published 19 months ago by corbpaul
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow
This story did not flow well, the paragraphs did not seem to connect. The narrative itself wasa fairly dull; more like a first draft than a finished version.
Published on 30 April 2012 by tkk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brit abroad
From the opening pages this book reads like a true Brit abroad. Not the type that sits in bars and gets drunk, then tries to chat up the nearest sun-burnt platinum-blonde floozy at... Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by Gareth Worthington
1.0 out of 5 stars Just donate straight to charity
Sorry, i know that some of it is 'for charity' but it really was not worth putting this one into print. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Traveller
1.0 out of 5 stars Negative, self righteous narrative with broken up irrelevant ramblings...
I have tried extremely hard to persevere with this book, but I have come to page 78 and have utterly given up. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Michaela2320
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable read!
Very amusing and entertaining diary charting the honeymoon of a lifetime of newlyweds Peter and Lindsey, as they make an epic journey across Russia, Mongolia, Laos, Tibet, China,... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Shelley2802
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
What can I say - I love this book...

Interesting, touching and amusing, all in equal measure. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Simon Haversian
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't drum up much enthusiasm for this book and I still don't...
To be honest I still don't know how I feel about this book. My Kindle version didn't have the glitches that another reader experienced but I can agree with the reviewer who... Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Babs
3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect rendition
I bought this when it had 15x 5* reviews.
I enjoyed reading this prodct, though I would struggle to call it a book. I hope this is not the future. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by P. W. Bunce
5.0 out of 5 stars Well needed inspiration
I bought this book because I am getting married soon and have been planning our honeymoon. There are many factual books out there, and as useful as they are, they can be very... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by glitterbomb
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