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The Return of the Mullet Hunter: Further adventures from the mullet trail: Volume 2 (The Mullet Adventures) Paperback – 15 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494961903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494961909
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Simon Varwell is a compulsive traveller and spends too much time having what if... moments. Up the Creek Without a Mullet and its sequel The Return of the Mullet Hunter tell the story of one such moment. Simon was born in 1978 and grew up in Benbecula in the Western Isles of Scotland. He is married and lives in Inverness. His website can be found at www.simonvarwell.co.uk.

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Varwell makes for an engaging travel companion as his open and straight-forward style sucks you in to his far-flung sorties in search of places with Mullet in their name. Why Mullet? Well, why not. It has become the theme of his travels rather than the purpose. An amiable everyman who finds himself sometimes an almost unwilling participant in his own quest.

From New Zealand to North America, with a few stop-offs in Inverness, the story zips along with crisp and clear travel writing that brings the diverse locations and characters to life. But there is as much disappointment as triumph in his travels and whilst that might take the edge off a feel-good story it makes the tale somehow more real.

It's unclear if there will be more Mullet adventures but I hope there will, it makes for a good read. I see that Simon Varwell has another (non-Mullet related) travel book due out later this year and I shall be looking out for that.
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It's been a while since 'Up The Creek' came out but thanks to the wonders of social media I was able to count down until TROTMH came out. I was a bit disappointed to see that It was only released as a Kindle version and not my preferred material paper! Never the less I must move with the times.
There Is something easy about Simons books, an ease to immerse yourself in his travelling, an ease to identify with a 'normal' person. This isn't a story about a well off persons travels to top destinations, or a book filled with facts & statistics. This is a book about a man who's urge to travel manifests itself as places with Mullet in the title. It takes the author to far flung places you wouldn't normally hear about, but the commentary is well written and informative and In more than a few places funny! I found this to have more depth and feeling than the first book and I really felt for the guy and found myself wishing him success on his mission even knowing the real mission had finished some time ago. That is pretty much what I want from a travel book, a great read.
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I admit it. I’m a sucker for “travel quest” books. Some quests seem to have a certain logic to them (a trip around the world or to all 50 US states, for example). This one, not so much. Yet, because of the ridiculousness of the quest, to visit every place in the world with the word mullet in the name, the story that results is full of the kinds of things that appeal to me. Getting off the beaten path to obscure parts of the world is one. To me this is the point of this kind of quest, the serendipity of discovering places you’d never visit or a reader would never hear about otherwise. The other appeal is the human element, “meeting” a variety of people from these sometimes obscure places. Varwell’s frequent use of “couch surfing” (overnighting on someone’s couch or using their extra bedroom) and staying in hostels sets up more of these situations than normal.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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The sequel to Up The Creek Without A Mullet is a worthy next installment of Simon Varwell's quest to visit everywhere with 'Mullet' in the place name. In it, Simon works through the process of self-doubt and loss of faith in his project, and it is satisfying to see him come out the other side with his rationalisation of the reasons for it. Most travel writing is about Destinations with a capital D, but I enjoy the sub-genre that includes books such as this, which focus on places that no-one would have on their 'must-visit' list.

On a personal level, the start of the book drew me in straight away, as I have family links with Glasgow (daughter) and was brought up very close to the first two 'Mullets' visited. I enjoyed the pace and flow of the recount and the fascinating way in which Simon takes you across the world from mullet to mullet. I read this in less than a day, as the pages almost turned themselves, and am now eagerly anticipating the next volume.
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I admit that I have a strong personal connection to this book because I am mentioned in it (yes me, in print!) as one of the many friends Simon visited on his adventures. So the chances are I was going to like it. However, Simon is an skilled writer and I have enjoyed the chapters about the other places he visited even more. The mysterious Mullet Island is my favourite destination I think because of the great challenges he had with it - why were the authorities so unhelpful? Is it in fact a Californian version of Area 51?

Not laugh-out-loud funny (apart from possibly the terrible joke about the Coit Tower) but increasingly engaging, this is a very worthwhile read. It not only gives an insight into some rarely-visited corners of the globe but also into a gregarious and unusual Scotsman.
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