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Here & There: Collected Travel Writing Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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About the Author
A. A. Gill is a writer and restaurant critic based in London, and contributes regularly to The Sunday Times and Vanity Fair. He also writes a monthly travel column for Australian Gourmet Traveller.
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Gill writes with a quirky sense of humour, candid honesty, and a distinct streak of the bizarre, and this book is almost compulsive reading. There's a lot of variety here, of countries and where the focus lies in any given column, and there is both laughter and thought provoking seriousness in this collection.
The strength of this book is similar to Notes From A Big Country, in that the format of the book is a series of columns. The similarity does not end there - both authors can make me laugh - but Gill's style is more measured and thoughtful, and of course the sheer variety of subject versus Bryson's letters home from America is a vast difference. However, both books are very dip-in-and-out-able, and fans of Bryson could do worse than checking this collection out to have a taster of Gill's writing. I have seldom come across travel writing that I find as absorbing and entertaingly as Bryson's, but Gill (in a different way) has achieved just that.
Overall, informative, illuminating, and thoroughly enjoyable - thoroughly recommended.
While not everyone will agree with his opinions, it's a fascinating journey from conception of his ideas to understand how he reached certain conclusions.
AA Gill has strong opinions but hey are well presented and he doesnt care if you agree with him or not !
i enjoyed his irreverence and absence of PC-ness at times.
A good read which I would reccommend.