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Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday by Brian Viner
  

Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday

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I’m a great fan of Brian Viner, his breezy humour and fund of stories make just the right combination for a book to relax with, a book to lift the spirits and to make you smile. As can be imagined this history of the British on holiday gives him plenty of scope. As an occasional travel writer he has already fitted in more holidays than most and many a telling family anecdote is woven into this history. Two particular authors pop up in his narrative and I’ve listed them in like for like reading below. One author is castigated for grumpiness and for wearing blinkers, the other enjoyed for his affectionate joshing – I’ll leave you, dear reader, to work out which is which.

Like for Like Reading:
The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey around the Coast of Great Britain, Paul Theroux
Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson

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Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn The Great British Holiday by Brian Viner

The British on holiday: how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull's Pub (in Lanzarote) and Antonio's Tapas Bar (in Torquay), of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M5, or M6, or M25, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming-pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun? In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences. He examines the fortnight-long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day's rambling in the Lake District at the other. He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big-spending, many-headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took. It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate. It is a story, indeed, that connects us all.

About the Author

Brian Viner
Brian Viner is a senior features writer and columnist for the INDEPENDENT newspaper. He lives with his family in Herefordshire.

Photograph © Mike James

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Book Info

Publication date

26th May 2011

Author

Brian Viner

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

History

Travel & holiday

ISBN

9781847377265

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