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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Excursionist; 1 edition (17 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191119528X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911195283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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 ‘A satirical and darkly comic story that addresses some big questions in life and may well inspire people to jump on a plane and jet off somewhere new.’

Sunday Mail 

 

The Excursionist fronts up as a satire on travel but it is also a thoughtful exploration of loneliness, and the things we do and tell ourselves in order to feel less lonely.’ 

Douglas Cowie, author of Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago 

 

‘J. D. Sumner lampoons the inanity and idiocy of men and women with money who travel the modern world for their own peculiar reasons. This is proper Swiftian satire.’ 

Carlo Gébler, author of The Wing Orderly’s Tales

 

‘In this very funny first novel, J. D. Sumner satirises contemporary tourism. However, amid the laugh-out-loud humour at the expense of travel, a darker thread emerges as we gradually discover what Kaganah is escaping from and how it impacts upon his engagement with the world.’

Robert Hampson, Professor of Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London

 

About the Author

J. D. Sumner has visited over 130 countries and suffers from Dromomania i.e. the compulsion to travel. J. D. Sumner graduated from The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin, has a PhD in Satirical Travel Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London and now lives in Buckinghamshire, England. J. D. Sumner writes for people who have a sense of humour and those who don’t.

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I loved this book. I'm sure the word Swiftian will be often applied, and rightfully so. A parody on travel, but so much more. It exposes with great humour and some wonderful (Woody) Allenian irony the way of the world . Pretty early on, as I was reading quietly on my own, I was disturbed by the sound of someone laughing. I turned around, only to discover that it was me. I was struck by how rarely I laughed out loud in my own company. This is a very funny book. Dry and wry.

We travel to some amazing places, meet some very weird people, and get to know and disrespect our unsuitable guide. And as we film it in our imagination, the visuals are awesome.

And still more. As the parody heaps, the pathos seeps in through the cracks. As I travelled with our 'hero' in his 98th, 99th, and 100th countries, and as the mystery of his former partner unfolds, there are some passages of beauty, all the more so in contrast to the parody.

This is a very fine book, not only for fans of travel, satire and travel satire, but also for those that want something to read on the train, by the pool and in the bath.

Dear Author
Does Jack Kaganagh travel on to his 101st, 102nd and 103rd countries ? May I go with him again ? It's fun !
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This book is a MUST READ! I swayed from laughter to thoughtfulness. A study of human behaviour both good and bad. Deeply satirical, this book waves in a new genre of travel writing for those who want a taste of the exotic without leaving the sofa and also for the well seasoned traveller. I will never look at a bowl of peanuts in the same light and will always keep my hands behind my back when on the obligatory boat trip from which ever luxury hotel I happen to be staying in!!! Oh and Bakelite telephones..... you must read this masterpiece to put it all together.
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This is the perfect book to take on holiday. Jack's journey engaged me from the very first few pages as he tried to make sense of a very painful period in his life and draw some conclusion over what has happened. There's lot's of diversity in the places he visits and plenty of humour, due to his quick wit and hilarious perception of the colourful characters he meets throughout his travels. Although things don't always go Jack's way, it's a very uplifting read and I felt like I had been taken on a journey along with him. I would highly recommend 'The Excursionist' as a fantastic holiday companion!
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Throughly enjoyable novel. An insightful humour filled read that will resonate with fellow travellers.
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A perfect holiday/ travel read. A very funny account of the perils of lone travel which took me back to my experience of grim hotels, weird encounters, fruitless searched for a decent meal and anxiety about what to tip. Great fun !
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How very British, top read and would recommend to anyone who has a penchant for travel. Can't wait for the next installment!
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A great holiday read, all the more surprising about a rather lonely,grumpy,single man! An amusing insight into the world of competitive travelling.
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Brilliant new writer,very talented,great wit and insight to the human psyche.cant wait for his next one.
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