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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: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,643 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. W. Haynes VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2011
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C M Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2011
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Poppet on 26 Oct. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Essex Girl on 21 Mar. 2012
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Channel 4's weekday teatime show Coach Trip is my guilty secret so I was thrilled to find this book available on the vine programme before Christmas. Brendan, the shows international tour guide became involved purely by accident. He writes positively and engagingly about his Irish-Catholic upbringing in Yorkshire, how he wanted to be a priest and then a teacher and how he dealt with his homosexuality.

He writes frankly about the love of his life, Les, and how after a summer job working as a holiday rep with Les in Spain, Brendan's career choices changed. He is modest in the fact that the opportunities that Coach Trip presented came about due to a simple e-mail from a friend at a low point in his life. Brendan comes across as grounded throughout, just like on TV - charming, entertaining, genuine and slightly camp. You can hear his voice is the writing, there are no pretentions to him.

As far as his Coach Trip tales go, he is very discreet. He describes the characters on the show and some key events which regular viewers may recall, but he doesn't dish any dirt, and you get very little insight to what happens behind the scenes. He is also very pleasant about all the people he has met and worked with on the way, and makes sure to name-check everyone.

The book is not going to be a challenging read and will no doubt have limited appeal outside of fans of the show. Brendan's writing is straight-forward and honest, without bitchiness or bitterness. The book is broken down into various chapters about different parts of his life, and as such is easy to pick up and put down. I read it whilst ill, when I was struggling to find a book I could get into and hold my attention. I am not going to claim that is the most insightful autobiography you will ever read, but if you enjoy the show and love Brendan's character than I think you will really enjoy this light read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitehatter VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2011
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Autobiographies seem to come in many different styles. There are the obviously ghostwritten ones (technically not autobiographies if you think about it), heavily edited ones and the rare few which are obviously the product of the subject themselves. Brendan Sheerin's is the latter.

As one of the more accessible and likeable characters to emerge from reality TV in recent years, Brendan is something of a guilty pleasure for millions. The lovable coach tour guide helming a daytime TV phenomenon following years of working in the package holiday industry as a coach tour guide and representative on the Costas. This book is the story of how Brendan switched from being on the track to priesthood into tourism after coming to terms with his sexuality and finding love. The structure of the book itself is direct, somewhat endearing and certainly no great strain to read as it's written in the kind of style which immediately suggests this isn't some PR-centred and heavily ghosted tome produced under a management contract.

These self-written autobiographies stand or fall on whether you can actually imagine the subject themselves reading it aloud. Can you actually imagine Brendan Sheerin's voice reading it aloud, or is it someone else's words packaged and sold as those of the subject? It's certainly consistent with the style of this friendly, polite and interesting Yorkshireman rather than some flowery offering so on that basis it works for me.

I enjoyed the first half of the book where Brendan tells of his journey as a devout Catholic towards the priesthood. However, the time between his late teens and Coach Trip is somewhat rushed.
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