Vanessa Able has a strong history in travel writing and that clearly shows in this excellent ‘road trip-esque’ travelogue. Now I know that most people will often use the old faithful ‘I could not put this down’ when writing reviews, but I honestly could not put this down! From the first word (Let…) until the very last (…refuse.), it was a brilliant journey, if you’ll pardon the pun. Excellent writing with a solid narrative, Never Mind The Bullocks is the epitome of travel writing.
I’ve written reviews before where I’ve drawn comparisons to Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux, but this really fits somewhere between Bryson, Theroux and Tony Hawks/Dave Gorman. The reason for this is that is contains heavy doses of wit, humour, emotion and excellent detail encompassing all the best parts of my favourite travel writers.
With some other books of this style that I’ve read before I’m left thinking, did they really do that, did they really buy that banged up old car and do that whole journey? But you can truly believe that Vanessa went to every length to succeed in her mission. This seriously unrelenting read doesn’t gloss over a single aspect of the trip, allowing time to focus on the travel, the people, the sights, the sounds AND the smells of the places she visits along the way.
I feel that my love of travel writing comes from a yearning to travel to these seemingly far and distant locations and Vanessa has just helped fuel that fire with this fantastic tale of independence and adventure.
One other review I read for this said that, “It’s rare that I have real laugh out loud moments when reading, but the authors dry wit had me in stitches at times. Bring on the next one…” …Amen!
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