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More of an itinerary than a memoir
on 28 April 2014
Concept is good but the result is dire. The book is written totally from Hilary's point of view, unfortunately she applies the same methodical and efficient approach to organising the travel arrangements to her writing. This is more like reading an itinerary than a memoir - we went by this method of transport to this place and saw this! The book lacked any warmth or descriptions that should have made you feel you were there with the travellers. Liz seems to be an opinionated character whom you may or may not like but perhaps it would have been good to have her point of view particularly as she makes money by writing travel articles.
I did not get any feeling of friendship between Hilary and Liz, there was no warmth in the characters, they just seemed to rub along together in order to not be travelling alone. As to being 'outrageous' there was no real evidence of this apart from the odd drunken night.
Avoid this book as you would the writers if you were ever unfortunate enough to come across them on your travels.