Next Exit Magic Kingdom
By (author) Rory MacLean
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Next Exit Magic Kingdom by Rory MacLean
Book DescriptionFlorida - land of pink flamingos, melanoma, the blue rinse, gang warfare and the electric chair - was a place that Rory MacLean knew nothing about and had no intention of visiting. That was until a mistake caused the wrong newspaper to be delivered to his door and twenty-four hours later he found himself bound for the Sunshine State. Abandoning himself to the winds of chance, MacLean stumbles across an alternative Florida, far removed from the thrills of Gatorland, Wet'nWild, MGM Studios and Buc'neer Bay. He spends time in the Psychic Center of the World, meets the Saint of Palatka, chats to Wanda Flip - the head mermaid of Weeki Wachee - and pays $5 to drink from the Fountain of Youth. His final destination is Disney's Magic Kingdom where Mickey Mouse can be best man at your 'Fairy Tale Wedding'. "Next Exit Magic Kingdom" shatters every stereotypical image you have ever associated with Florida. Entertaining and warm, this is a story of the places that chance can take you to and a portrait of the many sides of Florida, where dreams can be made as quickly as they are broken.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845116200
(198mm x 132mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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On a windy spring morning in an ancient Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth. His mother had died a few months earlier and a single obsession had risen from his grief: the notion to build a feather-light flying machine. And so, MacLean journeyed back to beginnings, back into the Greek myths, and built a plane and tried to fly.
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Author Biography - Rory MacLean
Rory MacLean's books, including best-sellers Stalin's Nose and Under the Dragon, have challenged and invigorated travel writing, and -- according to the late John Fowles -- are among works that 'marvellously explain why literature still lives'. He has won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work prize and an Arts Council Writers' Award, was twice shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Prize and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary award. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4. Born and educated in Canada, he lives with his family in Dorset. 'Rory MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of our generation.' author Katie Hickman.
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