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Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8,000-Mile Car Journey Around Britain (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ben Hatch

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'disastrous five-month trip around Britain with two small children. The object... to write a travel guide.' -- The Bookseller, 29th April 2011

'mad-cap five-month tour of Britain... it turns out not to be quite the odyssey they had expected.' -- The Bookseller, 13th May 2011

<span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">"Ben Hatch makes me laugh." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">John Cleese

<span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">"A voyage of pain, suffering, argument, baby wipes, discovery and utter delight...Never travel in a car with children without this book by your side." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Sir Terry Wogan

"A funny, touching cross country jaunt that's as much about being a kid as it is about being a grown up." --</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;"> Danny Wallace

</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">“A wonderful book - hilarious and moving, all at the same time. Highly recommended for anyone with a family, a car or a sense of humour." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Sophie Kinsella</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

“This is about a living, loving, occasionally quarrelsome but clearly very happy marriage and it felt curiously life-affirming to read about it. It’s very warts and all, extremely funny, very human and very sad. If you liked One Day or just like good books in general, don’t let this one pass you by.” -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Jenny Colgan</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

"Funny, touching and so, so, true to life. The must read of the year!" -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Mike Gayle</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

"Refreshing, insightful, very funny." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Joanne Harris</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

"A wonderful book. Terribly moving and so so funny." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Richard Briers</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

"Brilliant. Outnumbered in a car. I absolutely loved it. Funny, honest and moving." -- </span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">Tim Brooke-Taylor</span><span id="span_contact_Locked_A36ZZVZVADXSVO" style="display: inline;">

“Very funny and equally moving. Ben Hatch is one of my favourite writers.”</span><s --Reviews for Are We Nearly There Yet

'Hatch humorously recounts the epic tale of his 8,000-mile odyssey round Britain in a Vauxhall Astra with his wife and children.' --The Times, 27th August 2011

'often laugh-out-loud funny. It also touchingly drives the reader through a whole range of emotions and much vicarious enjoyment of the many family situations... From the start, it s a very comical blast.' --The Leicester Mercury, 19th August 2011

'Embracing the words that define many a family car journey, Ben Hatch tells the story of a young family, focusing on the joyous absurdity of the family holiday.' --ABTA Magazine, September 2011

'Travel 8000 miles with Ben as he packs up his life and sets off on a road trip that'll shock the most hardened among you... It s the kind of adventure that a lot of people would like to attempt and when you read about the deadly puff adders, Billie Piper s pyjamas and an encounter with a friend of Hitler, you ll understand why. In summary it s 8,000 miles of adventure on the road.' --St Christopher s Live Your Life e-zine, Sept 2011 issue

'If you re dreading a weekend car trip with small children, this book can t fail to cheer you up. Are We Nearly There Yet? is Ben Hatch s account of driving 8,000 miles around the UK for five months with his wife and two pre-school children. It also mentions plenty of places you might like to visit yourself, so it s great for getting some new ideas.' --The Daily Mirror, 9th September 2011

'Embracing those words that define many a family car journey, this book from author Ben Hatch tell tales of road-tripping around Britain with his two small children.' --National Geographic Traveller magazine (UK Edition), November 2011 --Reviews for Are we Nearly There Yet

Présentation de l'éditeur

The number one non-fiction read that made John Cleese and Danny Wallace laugh and Terry Wogan and Richard Briers cry.

If you think writing a guidebook is easy, think again…

"‘Hurry up,’ I shout at Dinah, whilst on the overhead telly Ray Mears’ Survival is playing extraordinarily loudly because Charlie sat on the volume button of the remote. The kids writhe about in the V05 shampoo they just spilt, laughing as the last of their clean clothes bite the dust, and I’m thinking: ‘Survive driving round England with two under 4s, staying at a different hotel each night and visiting four or five attractions a day and sometimes a restaurant in the evening. Sleep all in the same room, go to bed at 7 p.m. after having had no evening to yourself, wake up at 7 a.m. and do it all again the next day with the prospect of another 140 nights of the same – then come and tell me about survival in your khaki ****ing shorts, Ray.’"

They were bored, broke, burned out and turning 40. So when Ben and his wife Dinah were approached to write a guidebook about family travel, they embraced the open road, ignoring friends’ warnings: 'One of you will come back chopped up in a bin bag in the roof box.'

Featuring deadly puff adders, Billie Piper’s pyjamas and a friend of Hitler’s, it’s a story about love, death, falling out, moving on and growing up, and 8,000 misguided miles in a Vauxhall Astra.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1771 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : Summersdale Publishers Ltd (19 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005K15D4W
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  30 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All human life is here. 14 juin 2012
Par Penny Ewles-Bergeron - Publié sur Amazon.com
If a non-fiction book has appeal it's often because it's about an experience you'll never have or a challenge you'll never face - climbing Everest, underwater archaeology, brain surgery. Ben Hatch's book is in that category. I will never contemplate, I would never have considered, even for large amounts of money, driving 8,000 miles around Britain with a partner and two small children to rate visitor attractions for their child-friendliness. So I am very grateful that Ben Hatch did this for the rest of us - with wife Dinah and kids Phoebe and Charlie. Shout-out hilarious and poignant by turns, the book captures the minor & major weather-systems of tempers, tears and joyfulness that cross family life and conversation, delves thoughtfully and bravely deeper into family relationships and registers all levels of grumpiness and kindness in the people met along the way. It also reminded me of the persuasive power of chocolate in parental negotiations with under-fives, something I'd forgotten about now that my daughter (another Phoebe) is well into her teens.

Very early in the book the reader learns of the terminal illness of the author's father David and since I'm from a generation who remembers David Hatch with enormous fondness from his contributions to the 'I'll Sorry I'll Read That Again' radio show, I found this very moving. However, this book is in fact as much a celebration of the pleasures and joys of family life as it is a record of Ben Hatch's coming to terms with the loss of a father with whom he wasn't always entirely at ease. It would seem that what Ben did inherit from his dad is a real gift for comic writing; the 'Draft Copy for Guidebook' sections were very funny indeed and if only someone would do this for the entire country, town by town, we'd have another comedy classic like '1066 and All That' on our hands.

Top marks and high fives for humour and humanity. A final thought - hide your toothbrush if Ben should come to stay.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? 8,000 Misguided Miles Around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra by Ben Hatch. 12 octobre 2011
Par Nikki Bywater - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the true story of Ben Hatch and his wife Dinah and their two children Phoebe aged four and Charlie aged 9 months. It is a challenge to take two children under five out for the day, let alone taking them on the usual two weeks family holiday. Imagine that holiday is going to last for five months, which is exactly what Ben and Dinah did with their two small children, when they were approached to write a guide book about family travel around Britain. So they packed up their car with a carefully planned itinerary and everything except the kitchen sink, oh and their coats too!

In this book we share their journey and experiences as they go from place to place visiting four to five different attractions in a day and sleeping in a different hotel every night, hoping that they will be child friendly. They visit some interesting places on their travels, from searching for Wallace and Gromit at the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, to the circus at Blackpool Tower and much, much more. This is not the actual guidebook this is more their own personal account of what happened when they hit the open road.

I have not stopped smiling since I read this book. It is written with really great humour and is laugh out loud funny at times in parts and deeply moving in others. We share the highs and the lows of travelling with two small children.
This book has got personality and charisma that make it a fantastic read.

Ben Hatch lives in Hove, East Sussex. His first comic novel The Lawnmower Celebrity was one of Radio 4's books of the year in 2000. His second, The International Gooseberry was published in 2001 and described as `hysterical and surprisingly sad' by the Daily Express. Ben was on the long-list of Granta's 2003 list of the most promising twenty young authors in the UK. With his wife Dinah he has also written three guidebooks - Frommer's: Scotland with your family, Frommer's: England with your family and Frommer's: Britain for free.

ARE WE THERE YET? Is published by Summersdale and is available through internet book sellers (Amazon: <...>) and all good book shops (or direct from Summersdale)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Are We Nearly There Yet 8 juin 2012
Par MelMcK - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Are We Nearly There Yet" by Ben Hatch, I laughed, I cried and I wanted to slap Ben, his wife is a saint and cleaning my teeth has now become a traumatic experience.
Ben lets us share his madcap tourist journey around England with his wife and two pre-schoolers. Having recently done my own road trip around England with teenagers I felt a real connection with Ben and his family, it amazes me how much toddlers and teenagers have in common. Ben takes us on a roller coaster of a journey as he tries (often unsuccessfully) with juggling commitments to the road trip and the emotional commitments of his father's spiralling issues.
I walked away from the book feeling that I have had the privilege of sharing some very special moments with Ben and his quirky family.
Great read
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A bonkers trip that makes for a great read. 4 novembre 2015
Par sarah hardy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have to admit to having this book sat on my kindle for quite a while now. I originally bought it after coming across the author on Twitter and thought his books sounded very different but fun so thought I would give one of them ago.

Even though I thought it sounded different and fun, I was actually quite nervous about reading it as I really did not know whether it would be my cup of tea or not and I was beginning to wonder whether it was such a good idea to have purchased it in the first place. Well I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it.

Are We Nearly There Yet? is a non fiction book that follows the author with his wife Dinah and their two children on a road trip visiting various tourist attractions across the UK for a guidebook.

To be honest when I read at the beginning of what the family were about to do, I thought Ben and Dinah must be mad. I love my husband and my children very much but the thought of only having them for company while we travelled thousands of miles and living out of suitcases in numerous hotels and apartments with two young children for five months, well I think we would have all been needing counselling by the end of it!

I had visions of two screaming children constantly arguing as well as the parents tearing their hair out and also constantly arguing. I have to say even though there was the odd spat, overall this is one family unit that get on really well.

Even though there are lots of places of interest mentioned which we learn a little about, it didn't feel like some history lesson. It actually made me wish that I could just pile the family into the car and take off for a week or so, though doing back to back of days visiting places I do think I would get a bit bored before to long, even if it was for work. I certainly could not have done five months of it.

There are quite a few funny moments in the book, one that had me howling with laughter is when they are staying in a haunted castle in Scotland. All I can say is that I hope Dinah looks back at that particular incident with laughter.

Their journey as with anything in real life does not run as smoothly as Ben and Dinah would hope. They are faced with family issues, illness as well as quite a bad accident.

The bond that Ben has with his own dad was really great to read, you can tell how close they both are and how much Ben idolises him. I will openly admit to tearing up at one part but will say no more so as not to ruin it for anyone who has not had the pleasure of reading it yet.

Are We Nearly There Yet? really is a great read. It is a novel that will make you appreciate your family that little bit more. It brought to mind very fond and happy memories of time that I spent with my mum and dad when I was a child and also time that I spent with my children when they were a similar age to the authors.

This is a book that anyone from a young adult upwards can read and enjoy and one I would certainly urge people to take a chance on.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 probably the worst travel book ever written 28 septembre 2013
Par Tara - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love travel books! Having travelled to almost 60 countries around the globe, I have an immense collection of them. They inspire me, describing life through someone else's cultural perspective. I purchased this book as I was looking for some inspiration as to places the go in the UK and the fact the author "worked" for Frommers and that John Cleese's quote about the author was on the front, made me believe that the story would be both informative and a good laugh....

...So not the case!

I bought this book just prior to a trip to a remote part of Central America and when I started reading it, I began to wish that someone, anyone, would steal my Kindle. As the only book left of my trip and with all the selected quotes on Amazon, I struggled through the text like an anthropologist searching for something to like. It was utterly painful watching the page counter slowly move from 20% to 60% to 80% all I could think was `when will this book finally end'??

Basically, the book is about two shameless free-loaders who con hotels, restaurants and public attractions into giving them freebees in the belief that they will receive a review in Frommers. These hard-working employees/owners had no idea that the trip was not for Frommers, but purely for the author to write their own book and have a free holiday. Though not working for Frommers at the time, they used their Frommers business cards as a front, even threatening a poor couple in the Lake District with ruining their restaurant's reputation in the publication. (The author was bitter because his wife walked in off the street during full service and demanded that the pair drop everything they were doing to heat up food for her child. His wife could see the restaurant was busy and still wanted her way - even though she was not eating there nor offering to pay them for the request.) With 5 months of free hotels and restaurants under the false guise of working for a reputable travel company, they should not only be fired by Frommers for false representation, but the UK Revenue office should be after them for not declaring the value of these payments-in-kind in their taxes.

As for the story itself, basically there is none. If you wanted to learn about places in the UK to visit, don't bother, they are hardy mentioned. The book contains two segments, one about his father who dies during the journey and was probably only included so that the author could name-drop some of people who knew him. Like their use of Frommers to get recognition, the author uses his father's reputation to try to make himself appear more important. Having read the book, I now believe that John Cleese's quote was meant sarcastically - that the thought of the author trying to be one makes John Cleese laugh, not that the author is in any way funny. With the way they manipulated the poor hotel and restaurant owners, I would not be surprised if the book reviews we see online have also been faked in an attempt to increase sales.

The other part of the story consists of the tale of whiny, spoiled children; his wife who cheated on him and their combined base-level of behaviour - all told in a sort of monotone drone....

There should be a negative star option. Save you money. If you want to read a great, funny travel book about the UK, read ` Notes from a Small Island' by Bill Bryson.
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