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  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409041115
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

You Are Awful (But I Like You)

Travels Through Unloved Britain

A nostalgic and very funny celebration of the slightly slapdash place we call home - Great Britain

It began with an accidental daytrip to an intriguingly awful resort on the Thames Estuary, and ended 3,812 miles later: one man's journey through deep-fried, brownfield, poundshop Britain, a crash course in urban blight, deranged civic planning and commercial eccentricity. Following an itinerary drawn up from surveys, polls, reviews and lazy personal prejudice, Tim Moore goes to all the places that nobody wants to go to - the bleakest towns, the shonkiest hotels, the scariest pubs, the silliest sea zoos. He visits the grid reference adjudged by the Ordnance Survey to be the least interesting point in Britain, and is chased out of the new town twice crowned Scotland's Most Dismal Place. His palate is flayed alive by horrific regional foodstuffs, his ears shrivelled by the 358 least loved tracks in the history of native popular music. With his progress entrusted to our motor industry's fittingly hopeless finale, he comes to learn that Britain seems very much larger when you're driving around it in a Bulgarian-built Austin Maestro.

Yet as the soggy, decrepit quest unfolds, so it evolves into something much more stirring: a nostalgic celebration of our magnificent mercantile pomp, and an angry requiem for a golden age of cheerily homespun crap culture being swept aside by the faceless, soul-stripping forces of Tesco-town globalisation.

  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409041115
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of Gironimo!,French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps,Nul Points,I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.

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Praise for You Are Awful (But I Like You)

Funny and squirmingly vivid

Daily Telegraph

There aren’t many travel writers funnier than Tim Moore

Independent on Sunday

A fine piece of comic writing...by the end of the book he is, unlike his Maestro, firing on all cylinders

Nick Lezard, Guardian

A pilgrimage to the most derelict, unlovable and forlorn parts of Britain




There's a true affection in the descriptions of bypasses, roundabouts and rainy caravan parks

Tom Cox, Daily Mail

Moore is...a likeable guide and a witty turner of phrases, and his plunges into local history as he tootles around in his decrepit Austin Maestro demonstrate a gift for bathos and an eye for the poetry of dereliction

Euan Ferguson, Time Out

Moore has a nice line in description...and is able to describe the many absurdities encountered on his travels with admirable detachment

Choice Magazine

Hilarious... This book will have you in stitches... What emerges is a nostalgic celebration of just how mad Britain can be (5 stars)

Hannah Britt, Daily Express

Tim Moore's wry portraits of unfashionable British towns nicely combine knockabout humour, witty one-liners and an undertow of sadness

Sally Cousins, Sunday Telegraph

A brilliant book to dip in and out of. For those that love the works of rambling travel authors such as Bill Bryson this book will be a perfect addition to their collection

Walsall Chronicle

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