2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2012
I've greatly enjoyed Redmond's four books based on his travels, but this is a poor substitute for a fifth book, but possibly the best we can hope for given that he says he has given up writing. It's reassuringly sympathetic to the man, and there is a good deal of interest relating to O'Hanlon's historical origins, his behaviour and other diversions that provide the O'Hanlon watcher with interesting material. But it's short and - in contrast to the epic journeys undertaken by O'Hanlon himself - staggeringly unambitious. It revolves around a series of short trips that the author and O'Hanlon make to significant sites that have featured in his life - public school, rectories, that sort of thing. It really doesn't get going, and there is an absence of any kind of dramatic impetus. In fact, it struck me that it's rather like a long magazine article. Please come out of retirement, Redmond!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2013
I'm a big, big fan of several of O'Hanlon's books, but I wonder if his good writing years are gone; just as Trawler, this one is nowhere near as interesting, funny, or well written as his older books. I hope I'm wrong...
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2011
Contrary to the previous reviewer, I found this book incredibly dull, having never read a book by O'Hanlon I was tempted to buy this by a glowing review i na weekend supplement. We learn that O'Hanlon is an overweight, muddled, 60-years going more like 80-year old, who has little of interest left to say. The supposed Road Journey is about as dull as they come, do I need to know how boring the southern UK is when visited slowly by a prematurely aged man, or perhaps a couple of prematurely aged men? What more can I say except I would like my money back!