The Long and Whining Road Paperback – 1 Jul 2012
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This grand prize winner of London Book Festival 2012 'charmed the judges with its wit and sense of adventure'.
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Simeon's writing style is free-flowing, honest and very funny.
I had to explain to my family what I had just read after laughing out loud on several occasions.
I thoroughly recommend you follow the fab six ( the vw camper van included) on their journey across the globe. You will not regret it.
The only way I can think of thanking the author is to make a personal donation to the work of UNICEF - that inspired their trip.
I've read hundreds of travel books but there is a warmth at the heart of this one which is irresistible without being at all schmaltzy. You desperately want the family to have a good time and curse the gods when Penny splutters or the weather intervenes. You're really there with them - envious of their amazing Goan beach experience one minute, thanking the Lord that you aren't in Alessandria, Italy with them the next. That there are incredible, generous people the world over - and not just in the Western or English-speaking world - is evident, as are the planet's seemingly unfixable problems.
It's an endlessly engaging book, with a good message at its heart and I still can't believe those girls endured so much and stayed so upbeat and pleasant. Maybe I should take mine to India for a couple of months - no straighteners, no mobile and no One Direction. It's a plan.
Read this book if you want to catch the travel bug - it will give you a proper itch.
Jonathan Nicholas, Crime & Travel writer.
As someone who can look back on holidays abroad with two youngsters in a VW motor caravan I know what demands can be placed on relationships in a combined space.
A great read and I am sure that the children will look back on their experience with many happy memories. Interesting, too, to learn of the support received from the teaching staff at the children's school and that the children's education had not suffered as a result of the time away from formal schooling.
Liked the contribution in the form of the video at the end of the read acknowledging the assistance provided by those who had supported the family in various ways.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have this book in paperback. Only 1/4 way through and love it! I have a Vw classic Campervan myself and is giving me inspiration to just get out there and go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Bennett
I loved this book! It had been crying with laughter at points,especially the description of the Turkish massage,and was just a great and entertaining read from start to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by nicola flynn
I have done this journey in a roundabout way I take my hat of to you allPublished 4 months ago by karl a grinbergs
Thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant window of escapism. Very funny and easy to read. Perfect after a long day of the rat race.Published 4 months ago by Florian Pixner