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Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8,000-Mile Car Journey Around Britain Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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'disastrous five-month trip around Britain with two small children. The object... to write a travel guide.' -- The Bookseller, 29th April 2011
'mad-cap five-month tour of Britain... it turns out not to be quite the odyssey they had expected.' -- The Bookseller, 13th May 2011
"Ben Hatch makes me laugh." -- John Cleese
"A voyage of pain, suffering, argument, baby wipes, discovery and utter delight...Never travel in a car with children without this book by your side." -- Sir Terry Wogan
"A funny, touching cross country jaunt that's as much about being a kid as it is about being a grown up." -- Danny Wallace
“A wonderful book - hilarious and moving, all at the same time. Highly recommended for anyone with a family, a car or a sense of humour." -- Sophie Kinsella
“This is about a living, loving, occasionally quarrelsome but clearly very happy marriage and it felt curiously life-affirming to read about it. It’s very warts and all, extremely funny, very human and very sad. If you liked One Day or just like good books in general, don’t let this one pass you by.” -- Jenny Colgan
"Funny, touching and so, so, true to life. The must read of the year!" -- Mike Gayle
"Refreshing, insightful, very funny." -- Joanne Harris
"A wonderful book. Terribly moving and so so funny." -- Richard Briers
"Brilliant. Outnumbered in a car. I absolutely loved it. Funny, honest and moving." -- Tim Brooke-Taylor
“Very funny and equally moving. Ben Hatch is one of my favourite writers.” -- Lisa Jewell
"If you're dreading a weekend car trip with small children this book can't fail t`o cheer you up." -- The Mirror
"Hatch humorously recounts his 8000 mile odyssey round Britain with his wife and two small children." -- The Times
From the Author
How my wife and I came to argue over which was the better owl - barn or tawny. How you change a nappy using nothing but a KFC Lemonfresh wipe. How to cope with a tortoise-phobic wife who drives like Mr Magoo. How to steal hotel buffet breakfasts and turn them into lunch. What to do when your trousers are so crusty with dirt you do not so much take them off at night as ....lean them up against things. How to cope with a car crash, a kidney stone, a nature wee in field of live ordnance, bat attacks and confrontations with puff adders, a Nazi and Billie Pipper's pyjamas. This is the story of how my family survived 8000 miles in a Vauxhall Astra.See all Product description
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As a Mum of 5 myself, I laughed, cried, snorted chips from the back of my throat through my nasal passages.. oh the agony and the irony and most importantly, the similarity between the Hatch Family's adventures around Britain to many of my own travels with family over the last 20 years or so.
Frank, open, honest, emotional; I had some uncomfortable memories of dealing with the death of a parent, whilst realising many of my emotions around that time where in fact quite the norm. It's astonishing and kind of Ben Hatch to share such intimate detail. I was right there in the story and felt I wanted to hug the whole family during the sadder, more stressful moments adn jump up and down during the more triumphant moments. Please tell us which Cafe in the Lake District refused to heat the baby food - I want to go there, stare at them angrily for five minutes and say "That was for Charlie!" ...if that's OK ;-P
A great book and a must buy for every parent who ever travels with children to help see the funny side of it all. Can't wait for another from Ben Hatch!
Like everyone else who is likely to buy it, I read with interest the few curmudgeonly one star reviews on Amazon before splashing out my 99p and I can only say that those reviewers are truly on a different planet as, for example, there is no sign of Ben and Dinah's children being anything other than normal toddlers and Dinah's bad driving is clearly exaggerated for comic effect. Okay there are one or two factual inaccuracies but this is pleasant entertainment and not sold as a traveller's bible.
The journey was a massive achievement although one that was tinged with great sadness as Ben describes his emotions at the loss of his father during the family's time on the road. His writing on his father's death is genuine and conveys true love between father and son in an extremely touching way - if my own children have feelings like this for me and my wife I will consider our parenting a job well done.
It's not hilarious - and I don't think it was ever intended to be. It's pleasant, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. And, unlike a lot of Kindle books, it's not riddled with typos and editing errors.
So why only four stars? See my profile for my interpretation of Amazon star ratings.
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