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Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge Paperback – 27 Jan 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (27 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846682525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846682520
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Panther Soup:

'An important book, reminding us of the links between old and new world, ideals and ideologies, war and peace in our phoenix-like continent. It is at once raw and erudite, deeply moving and strangely leisurely. It is also rich in black humour and insight.


A moving, often humorous, and thoroughly enjoyable account that works as both a wartime recollection and travelogue ... Gimlette strikes just the right notes in juxtaposing the past and the present. He has provided a fine chronicle with broad appeal to general readers. (Booklist)

A completely fascinating book. It opens up a forgotten corner of the world with tremendous flair and shrewd observation. (William Boyd)

Wild Coast is funny, intelligent, revelatory (Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland)

Great for those interested in Guyanese history, or those looking to explore a South America far from the well-trodden Gringo trail. (Ianthe Butt Real Travel 2011-01-01)

Gimlette has an eye for a juicy story, a willingness to embark on harebrained journeys and a gleeful way with similes, all of which makes this an entertaining introduction to a forgotten corner of the globe. (Siobhan Murphy Metro 2011-02-02)

A fascinating journey... Gimlette's extensive research has given him access to an intoxicating level of detail. (Tom Hawker Wanderlust 2011-03-01)

Gimlette is an old-school traveller, very British, very cheery.
A barrister by trade, the author has an uncanny ability to nail down his characters with a few well-chosen words... Gimlette brings history to life. He artfully merges assiduous research with a storyteller's gift.

(Oliver Balch Guardian 2011-03-12)

John Gimlette is sure to secure a name for himself as both a talented writer and a rare traveller who, as documented in the dark chronicles of his book, has visited South America's wild coast and returned apparently unscathed. Fortunately, his writing sculpts an interesting narrative too, and he conveys the region's horror stories with a healthy dose of humour, knowledge, sincerity and poetry...
As with all good travel books, the pace of Gimlette's investigations and the idiosyncratic nature of his discoveries, no matter how small, are infectious enough to ensure his account holds its own against these literary greats.

(Traveller 2011-03-01)

Remarkable... Gimlette is, refreshingly, an unfailing enthusiast... Wild Coast is driven by extraordinary dedication, an insatiable curiosity in everything and an enormous empathy for other people. Gimlette's descriptions of landscapes are often hauntingly beautiful, his sense of humour is engagingly dead-pan... His book is characterised by a thoroughness of research that puts most travel writers to shame...
a lucid and lively account of a multi-cultural history...
A reminder... of the way in which travel literature can still fulfil its role of bringing to life some of the world's unjustly neglected corners.

(Michael Jacobs Spectator 2011-03-26)

Book Description

In this compelling and elegant travel memoir, John Gimlette returns to Guyana, the Wild Coast in South America, to discover his ancestral colonial history - one of brutal, cruel and often uncomfortable truths

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