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Wish You Were Here: England on Sea Hardcover – 8 Jul 2010
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'Elborough is an English nostalgist in the mode of John Betjeman... as a cultural commentator [Elborough] is a terrific companion... Wish You Were Here is quirky, chatty, charming and optimistic - an ideal read for the English beach.' (Frances Wilson, Sunday Times)
'Meticulously researched and trenchantly expressed, Wish You Were Here is as bright and breezy as a trip in a pleasure steamer.' (Daily Mail)
'In this brilliant book, Travis Elborough does a wonderful job of analysing the history of our masochistic love affair with the seaside... [Elborough] has done his research thoroughly and writes with enormous wit and feeling. His book punches far above its weight in both style and substance.' (Mail on Sunday)
'a charming study of our national beachside frolics' (Independent)
'Technically, Travis Elborough is a cultural historian, although that seems too pompous a phrase for such an amusing and sprite-like writer... Here, he chronicles our love (or otherwise) of our seaside, and his elliptical approach, his wit, and the exuberance of his prose marks this book out from a hundred others on the same subject... timely, bittersweet beach reading.' (Telegraph)
'Elborough proves an erudite and entertaining guide, combining the keen eye of a social historian with the lapidary prose of a fine journalist.' (Financial Times)
'Travis's book sparkles like the sun on a breaking wave...The author has confirmed his ability to find a quirky piece of social history and make it as appealing as a seaside ice-cream on an August day.'(Camden New Journal)
'Elborough's overview of our lasting love of fish and chips, Brighton rock and paddling is the perfect beach book.' (Marie Claire)
For THE LONG PLAYER GOODBYE:
'He's got a happy knack of stuffing sentences with facts, colour and incident' (Scotland on Sunday 2008-07-13)
'Reassuring air of cultural authority... impressive depth of perspective... admirably persuasive' (Independent on Sunday 2008-07-29)
'Elborough is a charming, funny and frequently fascinating guide'( Daily Telegraph 2008-08-02)
'Wonderful book... a great thundering roar of nostalgia for the LP record.' (Spectator 2008-08-02)
'Elborough has the passion of a true enthusiast... but he's also an indefatigable researcher, who has somehow seen a clear path through the vast amount of material to write a book that reads easily and well but also wholly coherently. Richly enjoyable.' (Mail on Sunday 2008-08-02)
'Highly entertaining' (Independent 2008-08-20)
'Lovingly researched' (TLS 2008-09-05)
On THE BUS WE LOVED:
'A charming account of the capital's enduring affair with its favourite piece of transport.' (Daily Mail 2008-09-05)
'An undiluted delight - witty and whimsical' (Daily Telegraph 2008-09-05)
'A pocket-sized production as sleek as the vehicle it elegises.' (London Review of Books on THE BUS WE LOVED 2008-09-05)
'He chronicles our love (or otherwise) of our seaside, and his elliptical approach, his wit, and the exuberance of his prose marks this book out from a hundred others on the same subject.'(Sunday Telegraph 2008-09-05)
A fascinating look into how and why the English love to be beside the seaside. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I found this book fascinating. There's a wealth of historical detail, amusing historical anecdotes, and a witty way with words. I think the book is a great achievement and I will definitely be reading more books by Travis Elborough. Another reviewer remarked how this would make a good TV series. I agree. A mix of the contemporary with archive footage would really help to illustrate the interesting material that Travis Elborough has unearthed. As the other reviews would appear to suggest, this book isn't for everyone, however if you enjoy history and quirky anecdotes that will enrich and inform your understanding of contemporary British life and culture then I heartily recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent and erudite little book although I found the sloppy proof-reading and spelling errors (“principle” for “principal”!) irritating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pat Barnett
Thoroughly enjoyable read, interesting and informative but also poetic and affectionate. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this to all of my seaside-dwelling pals. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Belinda Smith
The evocatively-titled Wish You Were Here is a well-reviewed but skimpily researched, digressive essay that tells the story of the English seaside, with its "stormy skies and... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by S Bailey
Read this whilst on holiday in Rhodesand actually missed the British seaside - it was that good. Also, helped me with information I needed for an essay.Published on 25 Aug. 2013 by Greenpedro5
What a boring read. Very wordy and tedious. The topic is interesting, but could have been written about much more entertainingly. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by JS
This makes a good introduction to seaside culture & history. It is in no way an academic book but seems quite well researched eg he has read at least a couple of works by John... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by Iwasworkingasawaitressinacocktailbar
It is an interesting trawl around the seaside locations of the Uk, looking back at the rise of the coast as a destination, the heyday of the seaside town and the decline since. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by Half Man, Half Book