Veteran Rough Guide author and writer Jules Brown was born to travel. In 35 tales of adventure, exploration, fiasco and family, Jules takes you from his birthplace in West Africa, via the middle of nowhere to the ends of the earth. This second expanded edition of his 'quirky, inspirational' travel memoir has been described as a 'fascinating and hilarious collection from a brilliant storyteller'.
From Takoradi in Ghana via Huddersfield in northern England, Jules wanders the world, finding the funny, absurd and emotional in equal measure. He chooses byways over highways every time – whether it's day one on the job for Rough Guides in Sweden or following in the footsteps of his one-of-a-kind father in Malaysia. In a memoir of a travelling life spanning 20 countries on 5 continents, Jules climbs volcanoes, hikes across cities and deserts, mushes huskies, searches for the Loch Ness monster, gets stuck up a mountain, learns to cook rice in Hong Kong, and delivers the mail in New Zealand. He also sets off on the trail of Elvis and Captain Cook, gets stranded on a Mediterranean island, which is mostly his fault, and crash-lands in Tehran, which definitely isn’t.
If you ever wondered about the life of a travel writer, 'Takoradi to the Stars (via Huddersfield)' lifts the lid on the highs and lows of a travelling life, with a final chapter to bring a tear to your eye. Join the journey and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
'Jules’ travel writing is funny, inspiring, quirky and always engaging' – Mark Ellingham, founder of Rough Guides and publisher of ‘Driving over Lemons’
'A very funny travel writer . . . I highly recommend this journey' – Edie Jarolim, travel writer, author of ‘Getting Naked for Money’
'The best kind of travel companion – funny, informed and always up for an adventure' – Martin Dunford, Rough Guides founder and Cool Places publisher
'A touching combination of tribute, travelogue, anecdote and high jinx . . . a book to bring a tear to your eye'
'Self-deprecating, funny, erudite – and as keen to explore humdrum places as the far-flung and exotic'
'Packed with delightful stories from every corner of the world that give you itchy feet to get out there'
'I just love this man's work and have been a fan for many years . . . simply wonderful'
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About the Author
I've been a pro travel writer for over 30 years – born in Africa, raised in the UK and living in places from Sicily and Portugal to Hong Kong and New Zealand. You might even have had one of my guidebooks along for the ride in your travel bag - in which case, happy to have helped!
I took my first solo trip around Europe when I was 17, and have been travelling and writing professionally since I published my first Rough Guide – to Scandinavia – in 1988. Since then I have written guides to Sicily, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Washington DC, Portugal, Spain and England, and contributed to many others. I've also written widely for newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites, and I'm a consultant for the best-of-UK-travel website Cool Places.
2nd edition of my full travel memoir, 'Takoradi to the Stars (via Huddersfield)' - available as an ebook & paperback at online retailers