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Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside by [Bounds, Jon, Smith,Danny]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1146 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (12 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BKSC3NM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The piers that is. They die, but like all good mythological beasts, they are often reborn; Jon, Danny & Midge — well I won't tell you what becomes of them.

I was lucky enough to read a preview copy, which I took to the piers of North Wales on a summer holiday. You don't need to resort to this method reading — Jon and Dan will take you there to the faded, the hopeful, the resurrected, the gaudy, the beautiful, the dead — the British Pier.

This book is funny, (b)romantic and warmer than any day at the British seaside I've ever known.
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This book began as a drunken plan to visit every pier in Wales and England and led to authors Jon Bounds and Danny Smith embarking on the trip, aided by a driver called Midge, who needed to return to Birmingham within two weeks in order to sign on. Holidays to the British Seaside are part of many our childhoods and so it was, perhaps, ironic that this trip began in September – just as the weather got more unpleasant and the summer was over.

Although I appreciate that many British seaside towns can be dismal affairs, even in the heady sunshine, they are not improved by autumnal drizzle and especially difficult to be upbeat about if they are closed. It is fair to say that many of the piers visited by the trio were, in fact, closed…
This is very much a guy’s book – there is a lot of drinking and humour which veers towards the childish. I do not mean this in a negative way, as it has a feel of many such books written by men that I have enjoyed – such as Danny Baker or Stuart Maconie – but it is simply a fact that this book would be different if written by women. The whole trip would probably have been better organised for one thing, but perhaps then the book would have lost some of its charm.

I did enjoy reading this; although they were somewhat harsh about some piers I recalled fondly from childhood holidays. Perhaps that is one of the problems with this book. I have taken my own children to piers which, although from my point of view look dingy and dispiriting, are viewed with delight by those who are still young enough to be entranced by the flashing lights and gaudy colours, and so – although I enjoyed the trip round the coast – I think that the British seaside still does have a lot to offer. This is a homage in a way, despite the ironic tone, and is good fun, which will resonate with lots of readers.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in a nutshell, it's a total nostalgia-fest for anyone who ever had a seaside holiday - or day trip - to an English or Welsh resort, but it is also so much more.

Living in land-locked Birmingham, authors Jon Bounds and Danny Smith, plus their driver Midge, set out on a two week trip with the intention of visiting every pier in England and Wales. The aim, in part, was to recapture shared Eighties childhood memories, to perhaps do something that hadn't been done before. (It had. By Victoria Wood's brother).

Danny and Jon met up after setting up blogs online and the two thirty somethings quickly realised they had a lot in common (as well as a lot not in common), with a shared working class background that their education had taken them out of. Hence the nostalgia and the strong bond of friendship that keeps this book in great good humour and on an even keel throughout.

It reminded me a lot of one of my top five favourite non-fiction books, Ian Marchant's brilliant The Longest Crawl, where Ian and his photographer friend 'Perry Venus' went from the Scillies to the Shetlands on a month - long pub crawl of some of the iconic pubs of the British Isles, staying with friends, and mostly at good B&Bs.

Our heroes, on a wafer-thin Crowdfunded budget, had two weeks of sleeping in a leaky, collapsing tent (Devon, Kent, amongst others), in a converted coach (Devon, again), in friend's spare rooms (Isle of Wight) with the odd B & B visit (Kimberley House, Whitby, being a highlight). Not to mention Pontin's at Southport. These experiences as as much part of the book as the actual 55 piers.
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Three men, perhaps no longer in the first flush of youth, stare at the gradually decaying pier. The pier, and the ones before it and after it, subconscious reminders of the entropy of structures and the inevitability of death, stares back. Their riposte to this silent assault on their mortality is this book.

Disclaimer: I've met Danny several times at various events over the years. The same with Midge, though at different events (he probably won't thank me for mentioning that one was a ukelele recital in Moseley), and at a bonfire in 2011 someone compared us to Gandalf (me) and Bilbo (him). Jon, I realised on reading the book, I did meet once, at a - at this point I'm sighing - Brum Bloggers meetup many years ago now, in a shady pub just south of New Street Station. But I digress...

I saw this on a bookshop display competing against several dozen other British travel books, and picked it up with the intention of reading a bit. Thirty pages in, and after a few hard stares from the staff, it became a purchase and I read the remainder through the night. Why a compulsive and - cliche alert - can't-put-it-down read? I've been to most of the piers myself. However, unlike the authors who chained together their visits in one two week burst, mine were spaced over 48 years with most being the damp climax of spectacularly awful childhood holidays (the caravan in Father Ted? We stayed in it in Weymouth for two weeks in 1976. It rained every day). I can therefore verify more than a few of the observations in this book, such as never seeing the alleged tide at Weston-Super-Mare and being enduringly convinced the town is several miles inland and run by a sly tourist board.
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