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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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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
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  • 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All human life is here. 14 juin 2012
Par Penny Ewles-Bergeron - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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
Format:Broché
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
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"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
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 On the road to Wadcrag. Or maybe not. 19 juin 2013
Par Mr. Joe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"The road didn't go through Wadcrag, I'd said. 'If you've been through Wadcrag you must be close,' she'd said. 'Have you seen the sign? ...When you see the sign for Wadcrag, you'll be close' ... I said again the road we were on didn't go through Wadcrag. 'Just go to Wadcrag and ring again,' she'd said." - from ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?, a phone conversation with a hotel receptionist seeking directions to the hotel

"But the kids ... kept mistaking falling leaves for bats and were scared of the free-roaming sheep and it was so freezing on the exposed ridge we left early." from ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?, the visit to Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall

At an earnings low point and looking for a gig, Ben and Dinah Hatch are commissioned by Frommer's to research a guide on the taking of a family vacation in Great Britain. So, the couple jams a mountain of luggage and their two kids, the "under-fours" Charlie and Phoebe, into a Vauxhall Astra for a 5-month, 8023-mile circuit of England, Wales and Scotland that eventually results in Ben's book, Frommer's England With Your Family (Frommers With Your Family Series).

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? is the behind-the-scenes narrative of the epic journey - or ordeal, depending on your idea of a jolly outing.

One of my thoughts on completing this book was that perhaps Charlie and Phoebe, actually age two and almost-four respectively, were too young to represent the average family experience as they either couldn't appreciate much of what they saw and visited, or weren't allowed to do so due to tourist attractions' age and size restrictions. However, it was the Hatch Family Adventure for better or worse, so who am I to quibble? And in the end, it didn't matter because ...

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? isn't really about the sights seen and places visited. For that reason, I was initially disenchanted as I progressed through the chapters. However, I was ultimately won over as it became apparent that it's actually an essay on the relationships between parents and offspring spanning three generations and between husband and wife under sometimes acutely stressful conditions. Indeed, significant sections of the book record Ben's coping with the reality of his father's unsuccessful battle with cancer; Ben must occasionally leave his family in whatever corner of the island they'd reached by that point for a short visit by fast train back to his father's bedside.

By the final pages when Ben records the events of their first day back home in Brighton after months on the road, I liked this book and this family unit a lot especially because of the latter's vulnerabilities. Theirs was a very engaging human experience.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Are We Nearly There Yet actually turned out to be far from the funny travel memoir it is portrayed as! 27 septembre 2012
Par LindyLouMac - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Are We Nearly There Yet actually turned out to be far from the funny travel memoir it is portrayed as! In fact at times I found the travel aspect a little tedious. Ben, his wife and children spent five months travelling around the UK conducting research for a family friendly guide book they had been commissioned to write. Yes it is a very funny story about the families adventures on this journey, although I would not have been happy if my children had been as badly behaved as these two. Maybe this was exaggerated for laughs but I am not altogether sure! Anyway after awhile I just found it all becoming rather repetitive with yet another embarrassing situation occurring at yet another attraction. Which yes all parents will identify with and yes it is written in an amusing manner that will make you laugh.

However the interwoven narrative was for me much more interesting, although at times an emotional read, it was much more satisfying. The author is forced to reassess his relationship with his father during this period of travel as it is discovered that Hatch senior is terminally ill with a very short time left to him.
Without a doubt Ben Hatch has the ability to pull one in with his writing and this memoir is worth reading for the way he has written about this darker side to the story, for me it made up for the boring bits.

I did not realise that I had actually read something by Ben Hatch previously, The Lawnmower Celebrity back in 2001 until I checked my records. It appears to be be many years since he last published a novel but I hope he does so again.
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