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The "Idler" Book of Crap Holidays: 50 Tales of Holiday Hell [Hardcover]

Dan Kieran
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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17 Oct 2005
In "Crap Holidays", Dan Kieran highlights 50 of the most disastrous - and hilarious - holidays from hell...From leaky caravans in Wales, to crushingly disappointing luxury hotels in Barbados ...From dysentery in Goa, to bloody awful holiday companions who won't leave you alone ...In fact, from Butlins to Bali, here you'll find stories of crap holiday sex, crime, food, accommodation, and of course, the inevitable family fights! Focusing on the gap between the wonderful promise and the grim reality, "Crap Holidays" takes a step back in time to look at hellish holidays from the past, whilst also examining 21st-century holiday culture - including information on a variety of more serious subjects, such as...The number of 'holiday' deaths that occur each year...The number and type of complaints received by different operators each year...The profits made - and the prices paid for holiday hell holes...Written once again by the Idler's readers and contributors, "Crap Holidays" will be packed with hilarious holiday snaps and, of course, savage cartoons satirising the whole hellish business!

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (17 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055381737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817379
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 14.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Following the hugely successful Crap Jobs and Crap Towns comes Crap Holidays – 50 Tales of Hell on Earth that catalogues all the truly terrible things that can happen when we try to make the most of our scarce and precious leisure time.

Here, in all their hideous glory, are tales of leaky caravans in Wales, boggy campsites in Scotland, crushingly disappointing luxury hotels in Barbados and dysentery disasters in Goa. Here, too, are gruesome accounts of crap holiday sex, crime and airport nightmares – plus a look at the profits made and prices paid for some of the very best hellholes around the world.

From the Back Cover


Ever felt you've been conned?

Crap Holidays brings together 50 cringe-making tales of what happens when the dream holiday turns into a nightmare – painfully funny stories of

- family dysfunction and fall out
- inedible food and exotic illnesses
- gruesome injuries and ferocious arguments
- hurricane-battered cruises and blistering sunburn
- inappropriate holiday affairs …
and yes, the ultimate horror…
- a rough guide to sexually transmitted diseases

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff from the original Crap Merchants. 2 Nov 2005
Everyone wants to do a Crap This and a Crap That these days and most of them are shameless, formula-driven knock-offs. However, the original idea came from the Idler magazine and their Crap Towns and last year's Crap Jobs effectively set the standard by which all the latecomers struggle to match up to. Judged by their own standards, it appears that Dan Kieran and the Idler have hit the mark once again.
Where most book series look decidedly worn out by the third iteration, Crap Holidays takes the format and adds new perspectives among the content you would expect - horrifying, painful but, above all, hilarious accounts of holiday hell. So, not only do you have 50 accounts of personal vacation misery, told with the Crap Books' trademark air of deadpan resignation, but you also get new editorial-style features on the world's 5 top unethical, dangerous and ecologically unsound holidays. This ensures that, although this book is laugh-out-loud funny, it reminds us that more than a bit of playful anarchy is still beating at the heart of the Idler.
All in all, a highly amusing book that you'll dip into for quite some time. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
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If you're familiar with THE IDLER, you'll know what to expect. If you've read any of the CRAP TOWNS books, then again, you'll know what to expect.

If neither of the aforementioned apply, then you're (hopefully) in for a treat.

The entries are so earnest, so heartfelt and more importantly, VERY REAL, and its the combination of tragedy looked at from a retrospect vantage point, that makes you howl with laughter. Comedy is always tragedy, mixed in with stupidity ( either our own or other peoples') and it is to the absolute credit of the contributors, that they are so creatively brazen with their rhetoric, that i defy one person to not even chuckle at any of the entries here.

I could knock a star off for some of the "adult content", but theyve already warned you about it. Go on...just go and buy a copy, and find out for yourself. You'll be wiping your eyes dry by the end of it, i tell thee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the language and drawings 26 April 2011
By Maggy
This would have been a more amusing book without the repetitive use of four letter words and the tiresome drawings which added nothing to the overall content. Also, full of spelling errors. What is a "noble prize"? It should of course have been Nobel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crappy title Crappy book 29 Aug 2010
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Fun for an offbeat half hour, then best placed in the lavatory as reading matter, for those who like to spend time in that place.
The joke is just ok but isn't worth the price of the book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read! 25 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Quite entertaining but I didn't find it as funny or interesting as the 'Crap Towns' or 'Crap Jobs' series...still 7/10.
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