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England and Wales in a Flash [Paperback]

Adam Colton , Roger Colton
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1 July 2003
Written by Adam and Roger Colton, this is a light-hearted tour of the English and Welsh coastlines.
This mission was undertaken by father and son to visit every known lighthouse, working or redundant. Consequently, a tapestry is pieced together exploring the diversity of the people and a little of the history of each distinctive area, usually with some tongue-in-cheek humour and the odd delve into current issues. Along with a slightly eccentric interest in the UK road network and a undoubted love of real ale, this entertaining account of their 10,000-mile jaunt should encourage the reader to do something equally bizarre, educational and amusing.

Product details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Roger Colton (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954477103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954477103
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,908,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Adam Colton is the author of five paperbacks and also one half of the musical duo 'Adam and Teresa'.

He has written two collections of surreal, dreamlike stories, as well as three humorous travel books. The two lighthouse hunting odysseys were co-written by his father Roger Colton, while Mud Sweat and Beers documents a two-man hike across Southern England.

His work has been included in the Rising Thunder and My Small World anthologies and he has also assisted horror writer, Simon Crow. He is currently working on a new book in the travel genre, with the theme of cycling trips in the UK.

Adam is also a topical and sometimes humorous songwriter performing in the acoustic duo 'Adam and Teresa'. 'Fat Cats With a Death-Wish on the M25' is available on Amazon as a download, as well as the physical CD 'Mixed Messages'.

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From the Author

By Adam Colton.
This whole foray began from a few lighthouse visits during our annual family holidays. I was reading Tom Vernon's 'Fat man on a Roman road' at the time, so my mother glibly suggested writing something along the lines of 'Thin man up a lighthouse!' I had no idea that six years later my father would revive this as a serious project for us to undertake over the next three and a half years.
The idea of writing a book about it seemed a distant one, until after reading the wares of Bill Bryson, Tony Hawks et al. there seemed no reason why we shouldn't.
Hoping to make this book a reliable source about British life at the turn of the millennium, I have sneaked in my own personal views on everything from global warming to traffic-sign theft! With my father, Roger, interjecting a nice dollop of history into the humour and views, we have hopefully arrived at our destination will a well-balanced and entertaining read.
Above all, we hope it will make you laugh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Lights! 9 Dec 2004
An absolute gem!
Don't make the mistake of thinking that this book is some kind of trainspotters lighthouse reference manual. Well, it is, but it is a whole lot more besides.
Anyone who has done any kind of travelling will relate to these hilarious adventures, especially the kind of travelling where you arrive at some far-flung destination after dark with not a hotel reservation in sight.
Tales of dodgy B&B food, temperamental room heating, agreements and disagreements with locals coupled with heroic alcohol consumption make this an instant classic.
I challenge anyone to read the 'Whitley Bay' chapter and keep a straight face.
If you take your humour on the ascerbic and observational side, this is for you.
Fans of baseball caps, hoodies and other sports leisure wear need not apply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read! 31 Mar 2005
This book was recommended by a friend to me and I found it to be a very entertaining read! It is written in a humourous manner but also proves to be informative for all those die hard lighthouse fans out there! I recommend this, not only to those who take a particular interest in lighthouses, but to anyone looking for a bit of light hearted entertainment - a perfect holiday read for anyone travelling around the UK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flashtastic 5 May 2004
This travel book of two men visiting lighthouses around Britain is fantastic. I especially like the write ups on some of the pubs they visit in the evening after a full day of spotting!
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