Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside Paperback – 11 Feb 2016
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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.
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.
Pier Review is the chronicle, written in alternate gobbets by Jon Bounds and Danny Smith, of their chaotic odyssey round the coast of England and Wales to visit, they hope, every extant pier, whatever its state. (I suppose people will eventually tire of the ever-increasing vehicles [no pun intended] used as wacky themes for journeys ; do you remember the projected TV series “ Around The World With Alan Partridge In A Bullnose Morris On The Left”?
Like many books these days, this may have grown out of a blog, but it’s none the worse for that. It’s easy to track down Jon; his wikipedia entry mentions such feats as his 11 hours spent on the No 11 bus which circumnavigates their home city, Birmingham (also mentioned in the book). It’s not so easy to track down Danny, but as they’re mates one can assume he’s of similar ilk.
The third wheel on the trip, however, is their driver Midge, whose main objective is to finish the trip in two weeks so as not to miss his next sign-on day at the Jobcentre. Jon has hired Midge because Danny is a non-driver and he (Jon) doesn’t want to do all the driving. The benefit of this, of course, is that Jon doesn’t have to stay sober en route. Mitch drives too slowly, and refuses to believe the satnav, but he usually gets them there … sooner or later, usually later.
As they freely admit, there are many piers they don’t actually get to tread on, due to “fire, dismantlement and tardiness” (they have an uncanny knack of arriving a few minutes after closing time).Read 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wonderful slab of narrative non-fiction charts the journey of two authors who travel around Great Britain's seaside piers. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Helenography
Brings back many memories of days by the seaside. A very enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by John W.
John and Danny visit a number of beaches during a two week dash around Britain, and write amusingly about their experiences. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blackcatlover
I quite enjoyed reading Pier Review with tales of a two week trip around the piers of England and Wales as well as some of the places in-between. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Smile and a Wave
For an Autumn or Winter read this can't be beaten. Curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a hot toddy and revel on thoughts of past sunny weeks at the seaside. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandford
The cover of this book includes the comment ‘Peerless’ from Danny Wallace. Of course, if it were pier-less there wouldn’t be a book – but it’s a clue to how Pier Review came... Read morePublished 3 months ago by N. Matthews
I read this over a wet weekend and really enjoyed the evocation of the British seaside. There was our faded and disappearing heritage set against a few restored piers hoping to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs Anne Cummins
I lived in Lowestoft as a child and always liked visiting the piers there. There is something different about piers even if they have no amusement arcades. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Damaskcat
Sorry but I found this book extremely puerile and would not have bought it, had I realised the bad language in it. I think it would be good to let customers know of the content. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sheila Iris