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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
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,396 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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49 of 54 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Very funny, Tim's anarchic descriptive use of the English language, provides a very wry stance on the eccentricities of a bygone age in which I grew up. It left a lasting impression on me, that is missing from the Englishness of today. The, family car only coming out of the garage for strictly essential journeys, in case it would and did,frequently go wrong. The cheap holidays to crummy places,(yes I did spend a rainy week in a caravan at Leysdown-Upon-Sea), that encapsulates the hop picking, charabang post war descendents who, putting on a brave face in the holiday camp caravan, dreading the coming night's entertainment in the camp clubhouse, whilst trying to ignore the bickering, bored, parents. The days when a day trip to Hastings was thought of as a long journey, a journey that many people do as their daily work commute today. In short terms, many of these places and people still exist, in places like Burnham-On-Sea and it takes a writer like Tim Moore to dredge up a past that many still remember and are desparate to forget, whilst others, blissfully unaware of their heritage, continue to enjoy this crap experience, year after year!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, rather sad trek through the forgotten
A funny, rather sad trek through the forgotten, faded backwaters of Britain. Hard not to feel there's something inevitable about their decline. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Shupi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as it sounds
This was OK. Funny in places, but dragging in others - the whole book felt very samey and towards the end I struggled to enjoy it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. J. Luck
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Insightful and very funny at times although the book is brought down by too many F words.
Published 14 days ago by Daniel Whetham
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Funny
I've read quite a few Tim Moore books now, and this is one of his best. The subject matter is ideal for his wry, often affectionate, observations and his exploration of the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars I have been to some of his 'Awful Towns" and I must say I do not...
Interesting book to keep and pick up in the odd moment. I have been to some of his 'Awful Towns" and I must say I do not remember them as being as bad as he paints them. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Rowan
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly awful
The line about the skeleton made this a worthwhile purchase but otherwise I'd say one star was being generous. Read more
Published 26 days ago by A T CRAIG
4.0 out of 5 stars hilarious read
Classic Tim Moore. Highly entertaining. An unforgettable trip through some of Britain's worst towns and cities with Craig the Austin Maestro.
Published 1 month ago by GJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really funny. At one point, caused me to explode with laughter in a very crowded train!
Published 2 months ago by William R Mesley
5.0 out of 5 stars In some ways it was rather sad. A few of the places that Tim Moore ...
This book was more serious than you would expect from the title. In some ways it was rather sad. A few of the places that Tim Moore visited were ruined by the dreaded local... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pam Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not awful, and I liked it.
Tim Moore doing what he does best.
As well as frequently making me chuckle, this made me feel much better about some of the places I've stayed at during my travels.
Published 2 months ago by D. Ryan
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