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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482082926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482082920
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Roach is a UK based author working in the travel writing and fiction genres. Steve's travel books are light-hearted and fun, covering such diverse journeys as a 3 month road trip around North America, a grand tour of Europe in a VW Campervan, and a month long cycling trip through France from Cherbourg to Perpignan. A keen cyclist, Steve has also just started producing books detailing his favourite UK rides. Steve's fiction is an altogether different prospect, aiming to take the reader to some very dark places. Frequently bordering on horror, these novellas and short stories involve intense research to really bring the subject matter to life. Finally, Steve also writes children's books, in collaboration with artist Simon Schild. Website: www.steveroach.co.uk

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By morag susan molloy on 15 May 2014
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I really don't understand why this guy bothered to hire a campervan in the first place, he doesn't appear to enjoy anything about it. All he seems to want to do is get to each place on his " tick list" as quickly as possible so that he can write about it for his already planned book. As a keen campervanner myself, regularly touring the West coast of Scotland, I barely recognised some of the places he described. Scotland is stunning, campervanning is fun. This book is neither.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 24 July 2013
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I love travel books and am happy to read about the small details that go into a trip. This book certainly achieved that. However, I found myself, as a scot and extremely familiar with all of the places Steve and his girlfriend visited, increasingly irritated at times. For example, he describes the mountains around Dalwhinnie as a poor man's Switzerland. He goes on and in about how miserable etc they are. Then incongruously,matter slating off Scotland says " but I love it." Utter nonsense. The mountains he is slagging off are The Cairngorms! Nothing like Switzerland for heaven's sake. You cannot judge a country and its landscapes from behind a steering wheel! As well as this he dismisses the whole of the Northeast coast from Thurso to Wick and beyond as having absolutely nothing to recommend it! What about Dornoch to name but one fabulous town? He accuses the Scots of being skinflints for painting their cottages white on Skye-if he knew how many English people live on Skye he may change his ideas! He completely misses the wonderful Dunvegan Castle. He talks about how miserable some of the scenery is but fails to go further than Inverness like many tourists. Going up and beyond Ullapool to the North Western coast would have him gasping as the scenery is staggeringly beautiful and would have produced a much more interesting book. When he is in Fife he refers to Kingham but I think he meant Kinghorn. All in all a disappointing book where he seemed to visit the mundane and uninteresting parts of Scotland and managed to offend Scottish people too. What did he mean by the comment about a pineapple still being considered a luxury in Scotland? Does he think we are all uneducated un enlightened neds here? Cheek! And why could the dog not stay in the van for a while on her own?Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hayes on 17 April 2014
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Jeez this was a depressing read ...............
I lived in the Lakes for 30 yrs then moved to Scotland where I have been for 27 yrs. The West Coast is an amazing playground for all sorts of outdoor activities and I have enjoyed both good and bad weather but the good has vastly out-numbered the bad. This book made me want to move again; surely it is not as bad as this book depicts or have I been wearing rosy spectacles all this time ?
I am less aquatinted with the East Coast but I have been there and it certainly has a lot going for it, as does the top of Scotland.
The less populated middle to North has amazing valleys and mountains. I enjoy irony and various senses of humour but this book was was a bit heavy on both to be an enjoyable read. Sorry Steve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Riley on 18 May 2014
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As a very experienced walker in those parts of Scotland mentioned in this book I felt that the account related this book is hardly more than an elementary tale of a weeks holiday of no interest to most readers . The content does NOT live up to the title. The gratuitous, unnecesary bad laguage does not help either.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 21 April 2013
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Bought partly due to other favourable reviews, I feel I should write a review for the benefit of other people considering buying this book...and my advice is to avoid it!

It was a very dreary read, and quite a let down. The writing is utterly banal, written in the present tense with lots and lots of. short. sentences. It seems to be the book version of an internet blog as a record of of an unlucky trip to Scotland with bad weather. It doesn't do justice to Scotland.

I picked up for £2 a copy of Christopher Somerville's book 'Sommervilles travels' - what a difference!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Jan. 2015
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Dreadful book, Steve please don't come back to Scotland you are one serious moaner stay where you belong in yer hoose
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dear Reader on 25 Mar. 2013
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I loved this book. Only fault, I wanted more. Felt I was actually there "enjoying" the ride. It was real in every way. Actually felt the cold and the drizzle! The writer captures the feel of the places visited and I loved the unusual locations - hopefully will feature as settings for further books. Demystified life on the road with a wicked sense of humour and yet great insight and sensitivity. I will be looking for more of this writer's works. And will have a deal more respect for the vans I meet on the highway. An ace read and hugely entertaining and I appreciated the background history along the way.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BigStig on 27 Feb. 2013
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I decided to buy this after reading the short preview. Living in a campervan with a dog is much the same as camping by motorcycle, bugger all room for stuff and generally not welcome everywhere.

I loved the authors way of cutting through the tourist brochures rose tinted view and actually saying in print what most of us are thinking when we arrive at these places.

I love the idea of a campervan holiday but the harsh reality is that it becomes nothing more than a mobile prison cell when the weather is bad. Infact scratch that. At least a cell has a toilet, decent heating and three square a day. Has it put me off the idea?

Not one bit. A great read with some genuine funny observations and comments.
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