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Bill Bryson's second, achingly funny travel book, retracing his own steps as a student backpacking through Europe, twenty years later.

Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

Reviews

A breezy and entertaining account of what it is like to be utterly at sea in a continent most of his readers will regard as familiar

Independent on Sunday

Hugely funny (not snigger-snigger funny, but great-big-belly-laugh-till-you-cry funny)

Daily Telegraph

Undoubtedly the most enjoyable travel book of the year

Time Out

This is the travel book that every Inter-Rail vagrant would love to write; the Animal House of the genre

New Statesman

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  • Paperback

    9781784161828

    January 4, 2016

    Black Swan

    320 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409095873

    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    320 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9780552152143

    June 15, 2004

    Corgi Audio

    RRP $42.99

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