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Something Wholesale (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 28/10/2010
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Veteran travel writer Eric Newby has a massive following and is cherished as the forefather of the modern comic travel book. However, less known are his adventures during the years he spent as an apprentice and commercial buyer in the improbable trade of women's fashion.

From his repatriation as a prisoner of war in 1945 to his writing of the bestselling `A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' in 1956, Eric Newby's years as a commercial traveller in the world of haute couture were as full of adventure and oddity as any during his time as travel editor for the Observer.

`Something Wholesale' is Newby's hilarious and wonderfully chaotic tale of the disorder that was his life as an apprentice to the family garment firm of Lane and Newby, including hilariously recounted escapades with sudden-onset wool allergies, waist-deep predicaments in tissue paper and the soul-destroying task of matching buttons. In addition to the charming chaos of his work in the family business, it is also a warm and loving portrait of his father, a delightfully eccentric gentleman who managed to spend more energy avoiding and actively participating in disasters than he did in preserving his business.

With its quick wit, self-deprecating charm and splendidly fascinating detail, this is vintage Newby - only with a garment bag in place of a well-worn suitcase.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007367511
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise for `Something Wholesale':

'It would strain the imagination to picture this stalwart young adventurer selling women's clothes. We are relieved of the difficulty by his own deliciously funny description ... I read it once and liked it awfully' Evelyn Waugh

Praise for Eric Newby:

`Newby is one of the funniest English writers; he more or less invented the modern comic travel book. ... one of our best-loved writers' William Dalrymple, Mail on Sunday

'A marvellous storyteller' Noel Perrin, Washington Post

'Any book by Eric Newby is an event' Len Deighton

'One of the finest and certainly the funniest of British travel writers' Sunday Times

`No one engages his readers more enthusiastically in his adventures, or views the world through fresher eyes. With Eric as tour leader, everything becomes memorable' Christopher Matthew, Daily Mail

'A companion to be chosen above any traveler, past or present, if a real journey were to be made with any writer of books of travel. . . . For it is always Newby we want more of - Newby we sympathise with - Newby's cough, or feet, or dashed hopes, with which we suffer. Without one word of vanity in his books, he emerges effortlessly as the hero of them all' Spectator

'Newby's tremendous enthusiasms ... leave one too exhausted for anything but breathless admiration' Observer

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