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Brendan Sheerin
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3 May 2012
Described by The Guardian as providing 'high-grade entertainment', Brendan Sheerin has acquired fans in their millions, young and old alike, through his enthusiastic, cordial and comical role as the tour guide on Channel 4's runaway hit reality show Coach Trip. Packed full of laugh-out-loud tales described in Brendan's unique voice, this warm, funny and very down-to-earth book will charm fans the world over. Brendan has been a professional tour guide for more than thirty years. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, he spent his childhood summers with his family in Ireland - and his life travelling the globe, finally settling in Malaga, Spain. From stories about Brendan's childhood through to the mishaps and mayhem of life on the show and how he felt finding fame in his fifties, A Coach Trip Adventure is as entertaining and enjoyable as the man himself.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184317894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843178941
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of hilarious anecdotes as well as moments which definitely require a tissue or two... It's full of spirit, a bit like Brendan himself (The Irish World)

The title will be a "romp" through his childhood and life as a tour guide (The Bookseller)

A charming surprise of a book (Leeds Guide)

We could sit and listen to his tales for hours (Gay Times)

Everyone's favourite tour guide (Radio Times)

This reviewer was reminded of Angela's Ashes by the sharp observation of an Irish childhood (Irish World)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coach Trip 18 Nov 2011
By Mr. B. W. Haynes VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
As a fan of Coach Trip, I found this book very absorbing. It goes a long way in explaining Brendans outlook on life, in the early part of the book Brendan looks back on his Irish roots, naming many of the families who still have a presence in that part of North West Ireland. Later he "opens the closet" and then moves on to his own view of the sometimes hilarious events of Coach Trip. Really a book in three distinct parts which will amuse and entertain.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read by a Funny Man 14 Dec 2011
By C. M. Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
To be honest, this is not a book I would have paid good money for. I received a copy via the Amazon Vine programme whereby I get free products to review. I ordered this book as I have occasionally watched Coach Trip and have found Brendan an interesting and funny person.

It is a very easy and funny read. It is the sort of book you can pick up and put down without loosing the plot. It looks at his early life and his preparation for the Priesthood in quite a lot of detail. It rushes through the next period of his life as a Tour Guide and then spends time looking at his TV career. It is a shame that there are parts of his life, that must have been painful, which are either glossed over or rushed through. I think the book could benefited by looking at these periods in more depth and detail. It is however an honest account of his life and is in parts very funny. It gives you the impression that Brendan is a "what you see is what you get" kind of person and having read the book I admire him a lot more.

This is a good funny read and I am happy to recommend it to any Coach Trip/Brendan fan. It is written by an honest and lovely person, who has eventually found success in his life.

Well written biography of a sincere and funny man.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!!!!!! 26 Oct 2011
By Poppet
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book after watching Coach Trip and think Brendan is fantastic.
I can honestly say I could not put this book down, It had me laughing, smiling and crying throughout. I was very touched by Brendan's relationship with Les and was devasted by what happened to him.
Excellent read I would highly recommend everyone to buy this.

Well done Brendan I think you are brillant and what a life you have had so far! I definately enjoyed the read.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for aficionados 12 Jan 2012
By James Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As a regular viewer of Coach Trip and Brendan fan, I thought that this was a lovely insight into his life and rise to fame. From start to finish it was told with honesty and feeling and was difficult to put down. The only downside was that I was hoping for a more detailed section on the trips, with more anecdotes from the series, and stories that were maybe missed by the camera. Instead there were paragraphs dedicated almost just to listing members of production teams and others who were involved in the series and whilst I think that these acknowledgements are lovely, it doesn't really do much for the reader.

Overall an engaging and enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book by a thoroughly nice guy 12 Jan 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I decided to read this book because I thought it was going to be more about the author's job as a tour guide - it wasn't - it was far more about his whole life. In spite of misunderstanding what the book was about I still enjoyed reading it.

Some of my enjoyment came from the fact that I have lived in Leeds at various times in my life so I am familiar with the places the author was talking about when he was talking about his childhood.

The book is written in an easy conversational style and I found it interesting reading. I watch very little television so I haven't seen the television programmes concerned but I found the insight into how the programmes were made was fascinating reading. I loved reading about all the people he met in the course of his work and the good friends he made.

I thought he wrote well about his long term relationship with Les and his concerns about telling his family he is gay - he didn't need to worry they'd already worked it out and as long as he was happy that was all that mattered to them.

If you like reading autobiography and biography them you will enjoy this book by someone who seems like a thoroughly nice guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 10 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as a christmas present for my best friend - she absolutely loves Brendan and watches coach trip as much as possible - in her words 'he's such a babe!'. Although, I haven't been able to read it yet, she's promised to let me borrow it when she's finished reading through it for the third time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 8 Dec 2011
By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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One of the nice things about this book is that it feels written from the heart rather than have the professional polish of a ghost writer. Although I got this book for my wife to read as she is a fan of "coach trip" I read the book and found it interesting. I titled this review as a book of two halves as there are two distinct sections separated by a few pages of glossy colour photographs showing a younger Brendan. The first part deals with Brendan's early life from very young until the time his partner Les died. It deals with Brendan's sexuality in a sensitive way and he comes across as a very kind and caring person. I did not feel the second half was as good as it covers the "Coach Trip" period and if you have watched the series there is little new and I had hoped for some behind the scenes revelations.
In summary an interesting book and a must read for Brendan fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great autobiography of one of my favoritie people.
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Published 7 days ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars My life: A coach trip adventure
A very good read, it was nice the way Brendan let you see into his life early ,his sexuality and coach trip of course. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Roy Shone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading Adventure
Considering I haven't read a book now for almost 10 years this book is a sentiment that when I first started it I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by JAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful read
Being a Catholic of Irish decent, was able to relate so much to this book. brought back so many memories of my childhood in Ireland. Read more
Published 25 days ago by loopy loo
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
after watching the series i has to get this book to read all about Brendan glad i did and will pass it on to a friend now so worth it
Published 1 month ago by freda
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting in parts.
Once Brendan stopped writing about Ireland - which went on and on - this became much more interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Georgeliot
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendan sheerin, my life.
I read the reviews on this book and thought I would buy it to see if it was as good as people said. Well I am half way through it and I only started reading it today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Woody69
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
fantastic read made you laugh and cry but really good would recommend it to anyone cannot wait for the next version to come out
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Published 2 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Absolutely loved this book! So engaging and easy to read. Totally recommend it and a great price too! Happy days!
Published 3 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
The reason as to why I purchased this book is simply because I am a fan of Brendan and because he comes from my home town of Leeds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by caron harris
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