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Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia
by Chris Stewart
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No lemon this!, 20 May 2002
A refreshingly honest and empathetic book. Chris Stewart manages to portray that great British obsession of 'foreigner's antics' and a deeper understanding of the culture of this part of Spain with humour, pathos and depth.
The mixture of pithily related events, great characters and fine story telling makes for an easy but oddly compelling read... looking forward to his follow up.


Round Ireland in Low Gear (Picador Books)
Round Ireland in Low Gear (Picador Books)
by Eric Newby
Edition: Paperback

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low mileage from 'Low Gear', 20 May 2002
Unusually for Eric Newby there is little joy or celtic charm in this disappointing and, at times, positively turgid travelogue.
I can't help but concur with another reviewer's comment and add that Newby's occasional and unwelcome patronising comments (on the Irish and the inclement weather) might well result from a bad mood after quill dampening! Why the hapless reader should suffer from his ludicrous choice of travel time (touring Ireland by bike, in the winter, with sketchy preparation) is beyond me.
If you want a refreshing travelogue angle, and Ireland is your cup of Guinness, then try Tony Hawkes' 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' which is more original and wittier.


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