A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

by Denis Lipman
     
 

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Denis Lipman left London’s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could. Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since the trip to England was inevitable

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Denis Lipman left London’s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could. Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since the trip to England was inevitable, then it was to be enjoyed: see things, go places! Against his will, our expat becomes a tourist in his homeland and discovers it’s not so bad after all, certainly better than remembered! Here is a travel memoir more carbolic than bucolic. Discover a place where the sun doesn’t always shine, where going to the loo can be an adventure, and where canned beans on toast is a cornerstone of cuisine. Taste the real East End and tour with a colorful group as they rent cottages, host outrageous relatives, meet the locals and discover the English countryside.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Here is England seen entire, from inside out, from bottom to top, as Denis Lipman returns from America to his working class family home in blighted Dagenham. From there he, his young American wife, and his cockney Mum and Dad embark on a series of funny, touching, madcap and even surreal adventures as they visit celebrated landmarks and holiday spots in England as well as a good many pubs. The result is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.” –Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington Post) and author of the memoir An Open Book/ “I am fascinated by our parallel lives.” –Michael York, actor
Library Journal
Here Lipman (partner, the Creative Shop), a longtime U.S. resident and commercial writer, packs up his wife and baby daughter for a series of visits to his elderly, quarrelsome parents, who still live in the tiny home in East London where he grew up. Lipman set out to explore the England he never saw as a child, with his bemused parents in tow. He peppers his book with amusing stories, e.g., being tossed out of Harrod's department store for wearing cut-off jeans, and chronicles the family's trips throughout the southeast of England, including Windsor, Canterbury, and Rye. But the story is as much about the journey the author makes to reclaim his relationship with his father as it is about the places they visit. VERDICT While not as overtly funny as Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island, this book shares some of the same good-natured disgruntlement about the English way of life and is recommended for those who love everything English, good and bad, with a family story that will affect many readers.—Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934848241
Publisher:
Gemmamedia
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,025,284
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
“Here is England seen entire, from inside out, from bottom to top, as Denis Lipman returns from America to his working class family home in blighted Dagenham. From there he, his young American wife, and his cockney Mum and Dad embark on a series of funny, touching, madcap and even surreal adventures as they visit celebrated landmarks and holiday spots in England as well as a good many pubs. The result is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.” –Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington Post) and author of the memoir An Open Book/ “I am fascinated by our parallel lives.” –Michael York, actor

Meet the Author

Denis Lipman is a seasoned commercial writer with experience in advertising, theatre and music. He is partner in The Creative Shop, a DC agency serving industries from fast food to airlines to banking and real estate. His plays have received awards here and abroad, and he credits his ability to hold an audience to his career in magic. Denis Lipman lives in Washington, DC.

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