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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd; First edition (26 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558000
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nick Griffiths is the author of two Doctor Who-based books: 70s/80s memoir, Dalek I Loved You, and Who Goes There, in which he travels around odd parts of Britain, tracking down former show locations, including some steps, several quarries and a very large sandpit. He also wrote the comic travelogues, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose, and its sequel, Looking for Mrs Dextrose. One day he will conclude the Dextrose trilogy.
His newest book, with oft-times collaborator, Beano/Marvel/DC cartoonist David Mostyn, is The Cartoon A-Z of Vampires. Other titles will follow in the Cartoon A-Z series.
Nick's burning ambition is to go to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, however he is a bit worried about pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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This book is cooler that David Hasselhoff in a room full of otters. --Popbitch.com

Boyish satire… boyish humour abounds --The Big Issue

The Gulliver's Travels for today's world --The Gardners Gazette

About the Author

Nick graduated from King's College, London, in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. By mistake. He managed to turn this around, becoming a journalist, on the music press (Sounds, Select) then women's magazines (New Woman, Options), before settling as a TV writer with Radio Times and the Daily Mail. He has also written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Time Out and others, and scripted the Sunday morning children's TV show, Dog & Dinosaur, for BBC Choice.

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"In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose" reminds me of William Goldman's classic "The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." This comparison might seem tenuous, especially for anyone only familiar with the movie. Both contain portions of an imaginary book interspersed with contemporary tales from the narrator. Each has a story that is larger-than-life, at least in the eyes of the narrator when imagining the main character of the make-believe book. Last, both have a sense of humor. Newsweek described "The Princess Bride" as "nutball funny." The same goes for "Harrison Dextrose."

Taken too far, my comparison falls apart. "The Princess Bride" is fantasy. "Harrison Dextrose" isn't, although it does largely happen in countries and among cultures that don't actually exist. Maybe it could be called fanciful instead. Although Harrison Dextrose's original trip was purported to have happened in the 1970s and Alexander's ten years later, both feel as though they are happening much earlier and satirize accounts of explorers from long ago.

The humor is sometimes subtle; what would you make of a boat named the "Unsmoked Haddock" or someone who counted the bullets from a machine gun? There are sly pop cultural references- for example, a dwarf who expects Alexander to know the next line in a quote from The Blues Brothers movie or describing a ship as "held together by barnacles; if they joined a barnacle cult and committed mass suicide, we'd be left clinging to planks."

Overall, I found In the "Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose" a fun and entertaining read. The mix of action-adventure and "nutball" humor might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mairi Clare on 29 May 2008
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Before you begin reading this book let me reassure you that there's no need to panic - there is a sequel. You will only need to read the first chapter to appreciate this piece of information because, by that point, you will already have been sucked into the world of Alexander Grey and Harrison Dextrose and be loath to leave it.

The author has managed a neat trick with `In the footsteps..'; the outward silliness is underpinned with a razor sharp intelligence that raises this novel way above an enjoyable but transient read to an intellectually challenging piece of work that on every re-reading reveals another layer of meaning. For all that this is an exuberant and fun novel, it is no throwaway beach read.

And it's funny! Properly funny, laugh-out-loud-on-a-train funny - people may move away from you on public transport, but you won't care. And you'll probably miss your stop too. This is the most negative thing I can say about this book; read it when you're travelling and you'll add half an hour to every journey as you trek back to where you meant get off. Griffiths' has a real flair for comic names as well as comic situations - from the title character to Detritos the dwarf - that are both funny and extremely clever. But it's not all laughs; I defy any reader not to be moved when Alexander has his tree sprite friend, Wilf, round for dinner.

Nick Griffiths is an extremely talented writer; the narrative is lively and engaging, pulling you through the novel. And as for his characters - the situations that he places them in may be fantastical but they are blessed with such recognisable human flaws that you can't help but care about them.

Buy this book. Then buy it for your friends. Then for your enemies. And then possibly for strangers in the street. You'll be spreading a little bit of joy in the world.

`In the footsteps of Harrison Dextrose' - should replace the Bible in every hotel room.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Beards on 23 Jun. 2008
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Having read Dalek I Loved You, I was keen to read anything written by Nick Griffiths and ITFOHD didn't disappoint.
This book completely appealed to my sense of the absurd. It's a great adventure and the central character Alexander is nerdy yet charming. The situations and places he finds himself in and the characters he meets along the way come pouring out of the mind of one of the most imaginative and original writers I have come across in a long time.
Definitely buy this book. You will love it. It will make you feel good!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Duddell on 24 Jun. 2008
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In the Footsteps of.... is one of the most entertaining and funny books I've read since finishing my last Douglas Adams.

What kind of mind can imagine, let alone scribe (er... type), such a fantastic and continually witty story?

I ACTUALLY laughed out loud - yes, really - and in public. How shameful and un-british.

If you have a sense of humour and an imagination read this. If you don't then don't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Copson on 4 Jun. 2008
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I bought this after enjoying the author's previous work, `Dalek I Loved You', although I was slightly wary after reading the synopsis - it all sounded a little bizarre. And in reality it is bizarre, but the writing is so engaging that you are drawn in and immediately begin to consider Alexander's world perfectly normal.

The narrative romps along making it difficult to put down, but it is much more than an adventure: it also comments on modern society in a way reminiscent of Gulliver's travels.

Along the way we are treated to raucous extracts from Dextrose's original journal, reminded of the pains of growing up by flashbacks to Alexander's childhood and empathise with Grey as he develops from wastrel to adventurer. However, what really makes it all so enjoyable is the author's intelligent wit. As the other reviewers, I laughed: out loud and often.

Don't be misled by the synopsis, this isn't an absurd fantasy, it is accessible, clever and downright funny. Immerse yourself in an intelligent and humorous novel and enjoy the ride. Just be warned that life may be a little dull afterwards.
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