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You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain by [Moore, Tim]
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Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he in fact a writer of considerably more substance. (Irish Times)

He is a rare comic talent. (The Times)

Moore is a talented and very funny writer. (Daily Telegraph)

Tim Moore's sharp and witty book.is a pilgrimage to the most derelict, unlovable and forlorn parts of Britain. (Jonathan Sale Independent)

A hymn to things lost; a nostalgic appreciation of the days before Tesco Extra and the universal flood of modern bland. At his best, there aren't many travel writers funnier that Tim Moore. (Daniel Hahn Independent on Sunday)

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A nostalgic and very funny celebration of the slightly slapdash place we call home - Great Britain

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064BWEB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a real winner, it made me laugh out loud. Loved the humour! Loved the places, loved everything about it - I can feel myself smiling just thinking about it now!
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Not as rip roaring funny as I had expected but certainly smirk material...only for those who have visited the places covered though.
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I have this evening finished this book for the third time. It is a wonderful read. Extraordinarily funny in places, while containing a large amount of obviously well researched detail. I can't praise it highly enough. A word of warning however. I would not suggest reading on any form of public transport.
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Humourous and worth reading. Some of the info contained is not only funny but amaying. Some is sad such as the death of Tommy Simpson. Worth reading
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I am a big fan of Bill Bryson's travel books and have read and re-read them many times.I have been looking for a new travel writer who has similar attributes to the mighty Bryson and have tried several other authors in the travel writing genre without success. Finally I beleive Tim Moore fits the bill (pardon the pun).Like Bryson he has the knack of raising a smile and laugh in his writing style which is very witty and sarcastic at times.
A funny escapade about a man who travels around unloved Britain visiting all the worst rated towns,cities and their ammenities. All visited in an Austin Maestro complete with Ozzie Osbourne as his sat-nav co-driver. In short crap car, crap towns and crap brummie accent to navigate him. He also tortures himself with all the worst rated pop hits of yester-year which he plays between towns via his mp3 player. Such circumstances would drive the average traveller insane but Moore manages to make fun of the people and places he visits. He stays in the worst rated hotels and holiday parks. He describes brilliantly the short-commings of the places and people he meets, but underneath it all his writing comes across with affection and joviality.
He is very similar to Bryson you have to check the cover to make sure he is the author at times and not Bryson. Although not quite up to Bryson's standard, in my opinion, he is very close and as his work is more recent than Bryson's travel writing I shall be reading more Tim Moore in the future.
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I couldn't get on with this book unfortunately. I wanted to but I couldn't. It'll suit some, but not me.
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I guess I must have read around half a dozen books in this genre ever since Bill Bryson's Notes From A Small Island. None of them stood up to what Bryson did or have achieved his success. And Tim Moore's book is one more that fails to live up to Bryson's original. Why is it? For one thing, Moore simply doesn't have the quality and quantity of quips required to sustain 276 pages.

I reckon he couldn't have spent more than a couple of weeks on the road (if that). A criticism because a good travel writer tries to engage with the places he visits by spending time there. A good travel writer tells stories from the people he meets. Moore doesn't seem to have met or talked with anyone. Sure there are a few brief snatches of conversation, but on the whole he drives to a place, makes his observations about the people and buildings and moves on. Constant references to TV shows and internet research as humorous asides merely reinforce the fact that his heart is not into producing anything particularly original.

The humorous British travelogue. Please no more.
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The author buys an awful car, travels to awful towns in the UK, stays in awful places, eats awful food, etc etc. The question one might ask would be "why?", and the answer could well be "cos I wanted to write a book". It's miserable all the way down, really, with some very brief glimmers of humour or hope buried in the morass.
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