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Road to Rouen

Road to Rouen [Kindle Edition]

Ben Hatch
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)

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Ben Hatch makes me laugh more and more (John Cleese)

Magnifique! Honest, warm and written with feeling and flair (Terry Wogan)

A French odyssey to rival the greatest adventures in history - if you like jokes, and a car full of cheese.

As funny and touching as an overfriendly clown.

(Danny Wallace)

I am going to shout this very loudly. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. The funniest travel memoir you will read this year. Ben Hatch is a genius. The funny bits were so funny. The sad bits were so sad. (Lisa Jewell)

Fantastically funny and touching. I laughed and winced and will never look at baguettes in the same way again (Sophie Kinsella)

Highly recommended to anyone holidaying in France this year. Or to anyone holidaying anywhere. Or to anyone holidaying with kids. Or to anyone with kids but no holiday plans. Basically to anyone with a sense of humour. (Charlotte Heathcote Daily Express)

Ben Hatch is a very funny writer. His work is fresh and heartfelt (David Jason)

I loved Ben Hatch's funny, honest, touching memoir (Jenny Colgan)

Goes from one hilarious situation to another. Very entertaining. The author is naturally funny (The Sun)

Haven't laughed as much in ages (Mike Gayle)

An Epic French odyssey (Daily Express)

Parents will either roar with laughter or roll their eyes with recognition at this family road-trip memoir. (Metro)

Book Description

From the bestselling author of ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? (Radio 2 Book of the Year & voted Amazon Customers' Fave Kindle Read 2011) comes a new hilarious and touching story of travel chaos.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755364546
  • Publisher: Headline (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Hatch's latest novel is called THE P45 DIARIES: How To Get Sacked From Every Job in Britain. Currently being developed as a BBC sitcom, and a former BBC Radio 4 Book of The Year, it was previously titled The Lawnmower Celebrity and is based loosely on Ben's woeful experiences of his teens and 20s when his dad thought he was an oaf.
Ben was born in London and grew up there, in Manchester and also in Buckinghamshire, where he lived in a windmill that meant he was called Windy Miller at school for years, though he's not been scarred by this experience at all. He now lives in Brighton with his tiny wife Dinah, and two children, in a normal house. He likes cheese and is balding although he disguises this fact by spiking his hair to a great height to distract people he wishes to impress.
Ben (who is actually writing this and pretending to be someone else)has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express among other newspapers. Previously he wrote ROAD TO ROUEN: A 10,000 Mile Journey In A Cheese-filled Passat that was a Number One bestseller and ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? 8,000 Miles Round Britain In A Vauxhall Astra, a BBC Radio 2 Book of the Year, and also a Number One bestseller. It is also under development as a film by Island Pictures.
Ben is the tallest Hatch who ever lived (5ft 9in) and is the son of Sir David Hatch, the radio performer and producer whose shadow Ben doesn't at all feel under. He also maintains that he knows the cure for the common cold (tweet him at @BenHatch to find this out) and that one of his relatives was John Couch-Adams who discovered the planet Neptune. Apparently, his aunty told him.

Many years ago his novel the International Gooseberry was published by Orion. It was about a hapless backpacker with a huge ungovernable toenail. It was described as "hysterical and surprisingly sad" by the Daily Express. Ben Hatch was on the long-list of Granta's 2003 list of the most promising 20 young authors in the UK, but missed out on final inclusion possibly because of the toenail stuff. In association with his wife Dinah, he has also written three guidebooks for Frommer's.

You can visit Ben Hatch at although his page is a bit rubbish.

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Without dwelling too much on the inevitable scenarios that arise when you combine children with long car journeys, Ben skilfully captures the funny moments and the drama of a journey through France with his family.

With prodigious attention to conversation detail and an outstanding ability to make the mundane enjoyable, this is a well written, easy to read, humorous story that will tug at your heart strings and add to your laughter lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!! 11 Feb 2014
By Ani J
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If you only do one sensible thing today, make it buying this book. It's a great read about Ben and his family taking a road trip to France. It reminds me a bit of a Bill Bryson book only funnier and involving the whole family. If you've got children you will relate to a lot of the things Ben's children say and do! I loved reading about the different places the family visited and some of the scrapes they got into will bring a smile to your face along with the odd tear or two. I looked forward to picking this book up everyday and having a read, it felt like I was on the road trip with them, living the ups and downs in France. Be warned by the end of this book you will care about Ben, his wife and his children and will want more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch 8 Feb 2014
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Ben and wife Dinah and their two children are on the road again. Following on from their last guide book on Britain, fasten your seatbelts, this time they are off to France, on a three month road trip. To participate in all that is French tourism, from a Vegetable theme park to the Eiffel Tower, throw in a deadly donkey, a strange cult and a pair of must have speedos! And you know you are in for a good fun and entertaining read.

I really enjoyed Are We Nearly There Yet? And I was really looking forward to reading Road to Rouen and I was not disappointed, I was laughing out loud from the first few pages. It is hilarious and funny read and Ben writes in such a wonderful way that you can be laughing one minute then be moved and touched by the more personal thoughts and memories. This is a must-read. I loved it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trying trip through France 1 Aug 2013
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This book was a little tedious at the begining but then I gradually warmed to the family and sympthised with the wife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice holiday read - recommended 30 Mar 2014
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enjoyable read - I've read and liked his books before
easy to follow and interesting to follow how his kids' perceptions alter as the journey progresses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Road to Rouen - A Riotous Read 17 Mar 2014
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Road to Rouen is not only a riotous read - it's also a very real one, allowing the reader intimate glimpses into the ups and downs of marriage and family life. I find Ben Hatch's style of writing very appealing and this book is so much more than the journal of a journey so please don't make the mistake of thinking you'd have to be particularly interested in travel to enjoy it. I'm going to be recommending this book to everyone. And that incudes you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 11 Mar 2014
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Great read! I could just image being part of the family my self. As lived in France could relate to material too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 9 Mar 2014
Ben Hatch's Road to Rouen takes a light-hearted and ironic look at life in France from a British perspective and seamlessly combines it with more thought-provoking elements about human relationships and family. The result is an enjoyable and entertaining read that nevertheless has its feet on the ground. This is the sort of book that has broad appeal but those embarking on a holiday in France will find it particularly amusing as they will no doubt be living out many of the scenes Ben describes. As a Brit who has lived on the continent for over 25 years, it was also fascinating to see how so many of the elements of francophone life appear strange to folk from Blighty. Indeed, I had many of Ben's experiences when first arriving but over time have simply gotten used to them. All in all - a good read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars France mirrored
I enjoyed this book very much because it mirrored most of our 45 years holidaying with our two (now adult) children. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Wotan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved it. Very funny with some good suggestions of places to visit, and places to steer clear of when visiting France.
Published 5 days ago by sll204
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and moving
I was provided with a free copy of this book as part of a Twitter travel book club.

Ben Hatch has the task of writing a guide book about France. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Janet Emson
2.0 out of 5 stars grammar
Just read and enjoyed this book but wonder how the author and his partner have
Ever got through life without learning how to discipline their two obnoxious brats. Read more
Published 6 days ago by jomo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to read if you've toured in France or are thinking of it.
This was a very relaxing and enjoyable read; I particularly liked the way Ben Hatch was able to write about his own feelings which came over as very genuine. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Teddie's girl
4.0 out of 5 stars grows on you
This book is a slow read but it does grow on you. Sprinkled with little facts which I love. The family drive through France. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tango girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic first half and dismal second half.
I loved the first half of this book. Initially I took an interest in the characters and I loved the mix of travelogue combined with reflections on the author's past. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tearose33
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is almost the best bit.
Found this intensely irritating. Ben Hatch didn't arouse my sympathy for the situation he found himself in or his solution to it. I didn't take to his horrible children either. Read more
Published 1 month ago by nyorks Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars slightly disappointed
To be fair this wasn't bad, but I felt like I owed myself to finish it rather than enjoy reading it and getting to the end. Too personal I think.
Published 1 month ago by jlong
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