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Don't Need The Sunshine [Kindle Edition]

John Osborne
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‘Gentle without being dull, sharp but never sneering, witty but without a hint of the show-off, John Osborne is a lovely, engaging writer finding the joyous in the everyday and as charming and unpredictable as the British seaside itself.’ Stuart Maconie

When John finds himself working in Scarborough for the summer, he is overcome with nostalgia for his childhood seaside holidays. Without the funds or inclination for two weeks in the sun, he sets out to reclaim the romance of the British seaside by spending a year with his feet in the sand.

If a day trip to Cleethorpes was good enough for his grandma, then surely it’s good enough for him. On the way he encounters dozens of Mr Punches, a retired lighthouse keeper and the Isle of Wight’s Saucy Postcard Museum.

This ebook contains special bonus material poetry written by the author in
celebration of his time spent experiencing the many facets of the seaside while researching this book.

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About the Author

John Osborne is the author of two non-fiction books: 'Radio Head', which was a Radio 4's 'Book of the Week' and serialised in the Daily Mail, and The Newsagent's Window. He is a regular contributor to British radio, and writes comedy for Radio 4. He is also a published poet, having poetry featured in the Guardian, the Spectator and the Big Issue, and his first book of poetry 'What if men burst in wearing balaclavas?' was published in 2010. He is a member of the poetry collective Aisle16, and performs at festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2158 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Automobile Association (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIC45CM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Osborne is a writer based in Norwich. His first book 'Radio Head' was broadcast as Radio 4's Book of the Week and described as 'captivating' by The Guardian and 'funny, perceptive and charming' by The Daily Telegraph. His second book, 'The Newsagent's Window' was published by Simon&Schuster in 2010.

He has been performing writing and performing poetry since 2006, and is a regular at festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Camp Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe.He is a member of poetry collective Aisle16, who run Homework, a monthly 'literary cabaret' night at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

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4.0 out of 5 stars We do like to be beside the seaside 10 Jun. 2013
There's no denying that many Brits have forsaken our traditional seaside holiday resorts like Scarborough, Bournemouth or Blackpool and instead jet off to the sun abroad. I'm convinced this is purely a marriage of convenience though and if the UK could guarantee summers of constant sunshine many wouldn't give another thought to going to the Costa's. Okay, maybe I am a little biased but I really love being beside the British seaside. Because of this I just had to read this book, in which John Osborne travels around the coast of England and Wales, taking in various places and looking at the things that make up the great British seaside holiday.

Whilst he doesn't possess the wit of Bill Bryson nor does he have the perception of Paul Theroux (who have also written about their travels around the coast), this is nevertheless an extremely engaging account of Osborne's journey. It is not intended to be a complete guide to all our seaside towns but most of the main ones are included and some, like Holkham, that aren't quite so well known. There are one or two surprising omissions though and I was a little peeved that my personal favourite, Whitby, isn't included although Osborne does mention that Whitby is a favourite of his as well. No doubt other readers will be similarly disappointed that their own favourites have been missed out too.

As well as writing the places, Osborne also investigates the sights and sounds of the British holiday. For example he visits a museum on the Isle of Wight which is devoted to cheeky seaside postcards, witnesses a sandcastle competition and attends a Punch and Judy convention, although this is in Central London rather than the coast of Devon or Cornwall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read 12 April 2014
fter a summer spent in Scarborough he starts to reminisce about his childhood spent on British seaside holidays. Osborne is not bothered by the Costa del Whatever, and decides to spend his minimal budget on trips to the beach.

He travel to beaches and resorts (is that the right word) in the different parts of the country, and whilst he is there remembers the things that he loved like beach cricket, 2p shove machines, a visit to a pier and staying in a B&B. He has a go on a zimmer frame simulator, gets slightly terrified at a Punch and Judy convention. Oh and he has a 99 flake. Of course.

Some of the places that he visits have seen better days. He meets the people at Beachy Head that in some cases are the last chance that some people have before ending it all, and goes to a saucy postcard museum on the Isle of Wight. He visits some of the sandcastle competitions that take place, and hears the conspiracy theories as to why Brighton pier burnt down.

I have read some of his other books before, and thought that Radio Head was the better one. This is almost a good as Radio Head, as he writes with such enthusiasm for the beach and the seaside holiday that he brings the memories flooding back. Makes me want go to Swanage Sunday now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dont need the sunshine 12 May 2013
By deldjp
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A lovely book as are all his written work.Check out his poetry if your not familiar.
You wont be disappointed.
Easy to read.Not to heavy.
A good writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthouse Keepers & Saucy Postcards 9 May 2013
In an era when we all get nostalgic about youtube video clips, to actually set off and retrace the steps of his own, and other families' holiday experiences, and couple them with bitter-sweet observations about suicide hot-spots, 2nd Home owners and the sad decay of the British seaside resort, Osborne has written a masterpiece of travelogue non-fiction.
You don't need the sunshine to enjoy this book; you don't even need to leave the house!
But I bet one or two of you get out and enjoy our wonderful coastline once you've read this.........
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As a baby boomer, this was just the tonic of nostalgia I needed. I'm so fed up with airports and all-inclusive holidays, and John Osborne has transported me to where I truly wanted to be, the great British seaside.
It couldn't have got off to a better start in Scarborough, where my gran used to live. We travelled down the east coast to the south and back up along the west coast including Wales, to the north of England again.
Great read, and I agree with another reviewer who said there is plenty of scope for Volume Two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seaside sunny memories 25 Jun. 2014
By traveller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a well written account of the author's travels around the key seaside resorts of the country, interlaced with personal stories and little anecdotes of people he met on the way. A gentle and nostalgic read for me, as I can remember similar family holidays from my own childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels round Britian 22 April 2014
By Panda
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Most enjoyable, haven't quite finished it, but it was lovely revisiting all thee seaside towns again. Described exactly how they are warts and all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More please! 13 Mar. 2014
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I think volume two is required. Highly enjoyable, but Whitstable and Deal in Kent should have been included! I'm sure other readers will also have their nominations.
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