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The Four Letter Countries: The Zany Adventures of the Alphabet Traveller Paperback – 17 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books; First Edition edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449996
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Four-Letter Countries (FLCs) offer the diversity of some of the world's largest and also lesser-known mountain ranges, deserts, jungles and rivers. Politically less fortunate, however, they are often racked by wars, coups, revolutions and serious civil unrest.
4 FLCs are amongst the largest 25 countries in the world
8 FLCs are in the tropics
2 FLCs are south of the equator
5 FLCs are predominantly Islamic
3 FLCs speak French, 2 Spanish, 2 Arabic

About the Author

David Jenkins was born where the City of Manchester Stadium stands today. Educated at Stockport Grammar, he hitchhiked to France the day he left school and has trotted the globe ever since. He has waited tables in Switzerland, sprayed crops in Israel, crewed yachts around the Pacific and - "his greatest sporting achievement" - cleaned urinals at the prestigious Sydney Cricket Ground. He gave it all up to become a professor in Japan and run a business school in Rio de Janeiro before setting up his own company to deliver newspapers across Africa. His interests include Rod Stewart, crocodiles and Manchester City.


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This is an interesting and entertaining account of the author's travels to some fascinating parts of the world. It is a funny and informative book covering countries not often visited or written about. There are some excellent stories in this book and it has certainly given me some food for thought for alternative places to travel. I'm thinking maybe Laos is up next. In the meantime, I look forward to Jenkins next effort.

In summary: an excellent, well written, book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
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This was not only an informative and amusing read but it was all the more commendable of the author because of the nature of some of those countries he visited - political, cultural, security issues to name but three features of the inherent risks involved. Also, there was clearly no large back-up team surrounding him and so this was truly a solo effort. Without travel writers of this ilk we'd be even more ignorant of the world around. Looking forward to his next endeavour.
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The whole thing had me chuckling all the way through and it is far better than many a travel book I have read although I am now rather worried. What happens now? Where does the FLC traveller go next? Are you praying part of Yemen reverts to Aden or that a revolution somewhere creates a new country?

An original theme for a travel book, well written and humorously observed. I can't wait for the next book and the next theme!
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Every chapter of this book is an exciting adventure in itself. More than just a guide to some of the most out of the way places, it gives you a fascinating insight into the people and their way of life. Bill Bryson style the author juxtaposes the truly comedic with the horribly sad. All done so that you are with him on the journey. Looking forward to the next set of adventures!
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