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It's a Long Way to Malta by [Cummins, Paddy]
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About the Author

Paddy Cummins has written ten books. Three novels, an epic sea book, a memoir, a travel book, and four collections of short stories and poems. His travel book: 'It's a Long Way to Malta' (An Irishman's 'Gem in the Med') is internationally acclaimed as the first book that gets to the heart of the Maltese Islands. It has reached number one in the Amazon Top 100. (Travel - Europe - Malta.) Paddy lives in Ireland during the summer and spends the winter months in Malta.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bridge Publishing (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QNJJBE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you have ever been to Malta or are planning a trip there, this is a must read. It is Malta through the eyes of an Irishman who has visited there every year for the past 10 years. Paddy Cummins has, in the words of X factor judges "nailed it" when he describes the island and the people - I found myself nodding away and agreeing with him totally. His lighthearted descriptions of the British tourists also had me in total agreement - he really is a people watcher of the first order!

Whilst I have been to many of the places he has mentioned in his book he talks about a whole host of places I haven't visited yet and now I am eager to go again and do more exploring, encouraged by his obvious love of his "home from home". I noted, after a bit of googling that he must have renamed the hotel he stayed in (probably to keep it a hidden treasure), but from his description of it I am pretty sure I know which one it is! I am now inspired by this book and can understand now why so many elderly people choose to winter there for three months at a time. Hopefully, God willing, in a few years time I will be able to do the same and yes I will take my own mug to the hotel with me!
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Although this book had some very humourous little anecdotes, i'm not sure if it is is supposed to be fact or fiction. it is certainly told as though the author is talking of his experiences but the hotel that he describes in such detail does not exist and the front page states that all characters in the book are fictitious and do not bear any resemblance to persons living or dead! Does this include the story about his brother I wonder? I wish the author had made it clear if it is a work of fiction rather than trying to pass it of as a travel guide, as we don't know what's real and what's not!
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Initially I enjoyed the content of this book, as it allowed me to reminisce about some of the places I had visited and enjoyed in Malta last year. However, I found myself becoming irritated with the writing, particularly the mistakes in grammar, punctuation and spelling (don't they have copy editors any more?!) Also, when I attempted to 'Google' some of the references in the book, e.g. the 'Wavecrest Hotel' and the 'Macallef brothers' - they didn't exist (or at least, if they do, Google has never heard of them). This led me to wondering whether this was supposed to be a piece of fiction or an accurate travel guide.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
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This friendly and chatty travel tale is for senior persons or those with interest in historical sights, enjoyable food and quiet contemplation. Like many of the visitors to Malta, in fact.

The author has travelled to Malta for several winters by the time of writing, and stays in the same hotel, preferably with a sea view rather than the drying laundry in the courtyard. He gives some practical tips just by relating his journey. We learn that there is only one real Irish pub - the rest are run by Maltese with fake Irish names. We find that the most obese nation in Europe is Britain, followed by Malta. This may have something to do with the number of large British persons he meets holidaying there, enjoying their food. By contrast he minds his weight and regularly walks, including a pre-breakfast scenic hike each day.

The chapters are unbalanced in that the author spends a lengthy number of pages describing what seems to be a standard hotel breakfast, then speeds up as he recounts the recent improvements with 85% EU funding such as revamped harbour, castle walks and buses. We get a good look around Valetta, the castle, artwork, history. Then he crams in a great number of names of sites to the last chapter, perhaps realising that he was running out of time. The last chapter also visits Gozo the nearby island.

While the author seems like a personable, non-intrusive man, we enjoy some of his family recollections and chuckle at his viewpoint of the tourists around him. He has the greatest respect for native Maltese and enjoys the island atmosphere. He mentions how he started writing by taking a creative writing class, and now has several books under his belt.
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Trite anecdotes about elderly British couples holidaying in Malta. Never strays off the package holiday route. A string of cliches holds the writing together (just about). Incomprehensible how this made it into print.
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In brief, it is a disappointing and uninspiring read. A lot of it is about mundane and uninteresting topics, like the overweight eaters and dog walkers and workers he meets. Not nearly enough about the sites, scenery and places to explore. He's got a chatty style but never quite pulls it off for me. I didn't feel he told me a lot that I didn't already know and/or guess. As travel writing goes it's a poor effort. I couldn't recommend the book.
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I've been travelling to the Maltese Islands (and more specifically, Gozo) for many years now and am always on the look-out for any new books about the islands. When I discovered this title on Amazon, and written by an Irishman, I thought, Christmas had come early. I'm very sorry to say, though, that this quick read, easily managed within two hours, has thoroughly disappointed me.

I had expected the promised "endlessly fascinating, tensely absorbing" read, "classic travel writing". Alas, far from it. Instead of enjoying humorous tales about the islands and their inhabitants, the author subjected me to lengthy praise of his hotel and description of its surrounds, the mass-market tourism centre Bugibba. It is only in the second half of the book, that the author starts taking us on a quick tourist tour to some of the most obvious sights on the main island and Gozo. Much of the book is given over to not very amusing interactions between the author and British winter residents (of all people!), mostly fellow hotel guests of his. What I would have expected from a long-standing visitor to the islands who "lives in Malta during winter", is insightful and amusing contact with locals, insider tips for good eateries off the tourist path, and generally a feeling, what it is like to live in Malta for a time of the year. What we get is, stories about dogs weeing on the author's trouser legs, about the author's ear-wax removal, and his difficulty in holding his water. That, topped off with too many spelling errors than can be acceptable in a slim volume such as this, and some truly dodgy use of punctuation marks, tragically made this book a vastly unpleasant read. Pity.
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