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You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain

You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain [Kindle Edition]

Tim Moore
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Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he in fact a writer of considerably more substance. (Irish Times)

He is a rare comic talent. (The Times)

Moore is a talented and very funny writer. (Daily Telegraph)

Tim Moore's sharp and witty a pilgrimage to the most derelict, unlovable and forlorn parts of Britain. (Jonathan Sale Independent)

A hymn to things lost; a nostalgic appreciation of the days before Tesco Extra and the universal flood of modern bland. At his best, there aren't many travel writers funnier that Tim Moore. (Daniel Hahn Independent on Sunday)

Book Description

A nostalgic and very funny celebration of the slightly slapdash place we call home - Great Britain

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064BWEB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe In Yesterday. He lives in London.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Quite Brilliant 14 Feb 2012
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I first picked this book up with a smug air of satisfaction: I was going to enjoy ripping this one apart. I had had enough of doing nice positive reviews, it was time for some good old fashioned vitriol and this tome- another road trip around the UK by some poncy metrophile southerner- would do the job perfectly.

And the first few pages appeared extremely promising in this regard; the prose came across as aloof and solidly within in the ageing, middle brow `Daily Mail' zone of humour. The sense that a precious, condescending take on the nether-regions of our battered Britain- dragged over the coals as they have been and left out to wither and die by the establishment elite for the last three decades- was in the offer only reinforced my sense of inverted glee. I was going to love tearing this one to pieces.

And then without any warning it all suddenly changed. Tim Moore started describing his purchase of an Austin Maestro and the history of the car with such affectionate pathos, coupled with a relentlessly funny narrative that literally had me in tears with laughter. And from thereonin, the book just got better, and better and better...

Now then, it has to be said that Moore's book unashamedly goes for laughs as its base point; but what's so good about his book, is that it isn't laughs at any cost and the humour isn't used as a shallow gloss to hide the experience he is really having. Nor, importantly, is his humour used to belittle the places and people he meets. It is in fact very cleverly, used to the opposite effect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Laughing!!!!!! 29 Jan 2014
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Great for a laugh.
Could not agree more with Tim Moore's sentiments.
Was so sorry when I came to end of book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Funny. 20 Jan 2013
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The sheer horror of some places in Britain is well portrayed, with an overriding humour which helps to ease the pill.
Don't know how some of the residents feel about it though!.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 Dec 2012
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Bought this for my husband, he thinks it the most hilarious book ever!! Friends who have borrowed it either love it or hate it though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Setting on impulse out for a day trip "in that faraway time before such whimsy was dashed away by parenthood", Tim Moore ends up by accident in Leysdown-on-Sea, and is amazed at "how a fog-smothered mudbank in the Thames Estuary had ever become a holiday resort in the first place", and, more importantly, how he had being living his life entirely ignorant of its existence. Memories of that visit had "matured over the years into our yardstick for seaside misery, a metaphor for any truly terrible place".

But could it have really been that bad? And what about all those other places which by reputation had become a byword for the truly awful?

So Tim set himself a challenge: the Road Trip From Hell. "If I was to visit the worst British towns, then it seemed only appropriate to stay in the worst hotels. To go to the worst restaurants and eat the worst food. Drink in the worst pubs, see the worst sights, drive the worst car while listening to the worst music."

His vehicle of choice was that design classic the Austin Maestro, a car with wheels that would randomly detach themselves, leaks everywhere (in bad weather some drivers had to resort to wearing a raincoat) and a permanent oil stain in your driveway. His in-car soundtrack was 358 of the very worst of British music, as voted for by us in innumerable polls, "The tuneless, the endless, the cloying, the Wurzels".

He assaults his digestive system with a succession of culinary challenges, including Grabits Original Chicken on a Stick, "75g of impaled poultry, reduced to clear at 90p ...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Worst 19 Dec 2012
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"Travels Through Unloved Britain" is now a whole book genre rather than a specific book title, and there are lots of people desperate to find the worst town/hotel/meal/entertainment our nation has to offer. Despite that, Tim Moore's contribution to this over-crowded market place is a strong contender for "Best of the Worst". It easily makes mincemeat of books like "To Hull and Back", partly because it has a much better title (the "You Are Awful But I Like You" bit . . . ) and it is much more entertaining. Moore cleverly adds further levels of crapness by travelling around in an awful car, listening to terrible music, and finding the naffest possible SatNav to direct him. There are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments and we can thank him for visiting some of these places so that we don't have to, but overall it's his tone of bemusement (rather than the disdain of some of his fellow writers with this subject) that ultimately makes this a warm, funny book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud & tragi-comic 14 July 2014
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I like Tim Moore. Ever since reading his torturous travels along the route of the Tour De France his books are always worth a gamble. This, again, did not disappoint with many a guffaw and chortle along the way it's also peppered with some very pertinent and painful observations of the country I call home. It's also an excellent resource of 'places to avoid at all costs'. Well written, funny, sad and highly recommended. Back for some more Moore soon I'm sure.
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Published 2 days ago by Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating tale
Published 11 days ago by Mr R E J Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars However I haven't found another as funny and Spanish Steps
Parts of this book had me crying with laughter, which led me to read other books of his. However I haven't found another as funny and Spanish Steps, I just stopped reading half... Read more
Published 21 days ago by V. Killick
2.0 out of 5 stars Different
It put different perspective on how I will view these places in future. I really didn't like the repeat mentioning of the satnav bad language. Read more
Published 25 days ago by S F Canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and definitely worth a read
Funny,sad and thought provoking sometimes all at the same time,well worth a read as part of our social history.
Published 1 month ago by ANTHONY.V. ACRES
5.0 out of 5 stars Good style with humour
Good style with humour, life observations, facts. Reading on Kindle last thing in bed and always glad there is another session waiting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Dear
3.0 out of 5 stars another well written Tim Moore
Very well written with some brilliantly funny explanations of areas, but a little sad as the areas visited were mostly in decline and in trouble.
Published 1 month ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book from Tim Moore.
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this
Thought provoking and amusing in equal measure. Tim's writing is addictive, not least because I assiduously kept reading on, in anticipation of a disaster involving the Maestro... Read more
Published 2 months ago by green canary
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite depressing
Liked the idea of visiting the back end of places, a different perspective - but expected more quirky and less dingy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert plant
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