Taking the Low Road with the First Grand Tourist
By (author) Tim Moore
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Continental Drifter by Tim Moore
Book DescriptionThey stuck their coaches on ride-on, ride off ferries, whisked through France and Italy moaning about garlic and rudeness, then bored the neighbours to death by having them all round to look at their holiday watercolours' Many people associate the Grand Tour with the baggy shirted Byrons of its 19th century heyday, but someone had to do it first and Thomas Coryate, author of arguably the first piece of pure travel writing, CRUDITIES, was that man. Tim Moore travels through 45 cities in the steps of a larger-than-life Jacobean hero incidentally responsible for introducing forks to England and thus ending forever the days of the finger-lickin'-good drumstick hurlers of courts gone by. Coryate's early 17th century bawdy anecdotes include being pelted with eggs, pursued by a knife wielding man in a turban and, finally, being vomited on copiously by a topless woman with a beer barrel on her head:- For once, Tim Moore has no trouble keeping up the modern-day side. And his authentic method of travel to replicate these adventures? A clapped-out pink Rolls Royce, of course.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349114194
(199mm x 125mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tim Moore
Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold, Paperback (October 2016)
Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, the author tackles the 9,000 km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. In this book, he reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse - at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.
Gironimo!, Paperback / softback (May 2016)
The 1914 Giro d Italia: The hardest bike race in history. Eighty-one riders started and only eight finished after enduring cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor. And now Tim Moore is going to ride it. And he s committed to total authenticity. . ."
You are Awful (but I Like You), Paperback (January 2013)View all books by Tim Moore
Would you cheer if they sent you to Coventry? Could you stick up for Stoke or big-up Bracknell? Can you handle the thrill of Rhyl, the heaven of Hull or the mirth of Tydfil? The author takes you round all places on our beloved island that nobody wants to go to - our most miserable towns, shonkiest hotels, and silliest sea zoos.
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Author Biography - Tim Moore
Failed dandy Tim Moore lives in West London with his wife and slightly too many children. His writing has appeared in several publications including the SUNDAY TIMES, the INDEPENDENT, the OBSERVER, ESQUIRE and the EVENING STANDARD.
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