The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders (Paperback)Ben Aitken (author)
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'A tale of gloriously eccentric British pensioners. Aitken rivals Alan Bennett in the ear he has for an eavesdropped remark ... boy, can he write.' Daily Mail, Book of the Week
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED A CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN
One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap.
When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for a hundred pounds, he thought, that's the life, and signed himself up. Six times over.
Good value aside, what Ben was really after was the company of his elders - those with more chapters under their belt, with the wisdom granted by experience, the candour gifted by time, and the hard-earned ability to live each day like it's nearly their last.
A series of coach holidays ensued - from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como - during which Ben attempts to shake off his thirty-something blues by getting old as soon as possible.
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Number of pages: 306
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'A tale of gloriously eccentric British pensioners [and] a light-hearted travelogue ... [but] so much more than that as well. The pen portraits of his fellow holidaymakers are wonderful. And boy, can he write.'-- Daily Mail * Book of the Week *
'Funny and moving ... the type of gentle travel writing that will leave you aching to visit a local seaside resort.'-- Stylist
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“A charmng book”
This is a charming book. The premise is pretty simple the author goes on coach holidays filled with elderly people and learns about life. The book let me say is a delight and a great insight. One particular excursion... More
“Poignant and funny”
Who knew coach trips could be so fun! This book has great humour, the stories from each of Ben’s trips are funny, the characters he met in hotel bingo halls and breakfast rooms are interesting and have their own... More
I wouldn't say it's side splittingly funny, more slightly humorous and smirk inducing, but well worth a read. I have already recommended this book to a family member as I enjoyed it so much, and I think... More
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