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Road to Rouen (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ben Hatch
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Ben Hatch makes me laugh more and more (John Cleese)

Magnifique! Honest, warm and written with feeling and flair (Terry Wogan)

A French odyssey to rival the greatest adventures in history - if you like jokes, and a car full of cheese.

As funny and touching as an overfriendly clown.
(Danny Wallace)

I am going to shout this very loudly. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. The funniest travel memoir you will read this year. Ben Hatch is a genius. The funny bits were so funny. The sad bits were so sad. (Lisa Jewell)

Fantastically funny and touching. I laughed and winced and will never look at baguettes in the same way again (Sophie Kinsella)

Highly recommended to anyone holidaying in France this year. Or to anyone holidaying anywhere. Or to anyone holidaying with kids. Or to anyone with kids but no holiday plans. Basically to anyone with a sense of humour. (Daily Express - Charlotte Heathcote)

Ben Hatch is a very funny writer. His work is fresh and heartfelt (David Jason)

I loved Ben Hatch's funny, honest, touching memoir (Jenny Colgan)

Goes from one hilarious situation to another. Very entertaining. The author is naturally funny (The Sun)

Haven't laughed as much in ages (Mike Gayle)

An Epic French odyssey (Daily Express)

Parents will either roar with laughter or roll their eyes with recognition at this family road-trip memoir. (Metro)

Présentation de l'éditeur

From the bestselling author of ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? (Radio 2 Book of the Year & voted Amazon Customers' Fave Kindle Read 2011) comes a new hilarious and touching story of travel chaos.

Chosen as one of Amazon's Best Kindle Books of 2013 Ben Hatch is on the road again. Commissioned to write a guidebook about France (despite not speaking any French) he sets off with visions of relaxing chateaux and refined dining. Ten thousand miles later his family's been attacked by a donkey, had a run-in with a death-cult and, after a near drowning and a calamitous wedding experience involving a British spy, his own marriage is in jeopardy. A combination of obsessions about mosquitoes, French gravel and vegetable theme parks mean it's a bumpy ride as Ben takes a stand against tyrannical French pool attendants, finds himself running with the bulls in Pamplona and almost starring in a snuff movie after a near fatal decision to climb into a millionaire's Chevrolet Blazer.

Funny and poignant, Road to Rouen asks important questions about life, marriage and whether it's ever acceptable to tape baguette to your children's legs to smuggle lunch into Disneyland Paris.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Anything but the road to Rouen 19 juin 2014
Par MikiB
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This turned out to be a dissection of his hapless relationship by one of the most ill-prepared and apparently gormless British tourist I have had the sorry fortune to come across. More information about your trip, fewer dull maunderings about your personal circumstances wouold have been welcome.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Self indulgent rubbish 16 février 2014
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Thank goodness this was cheap, as suggested, self indulgent rubbish from a product of the socialist BBC state. No doubt some form of highly paid employment will be found for him at the BBC when he has finished having fun. The shame is that his kids will grow up brainwashed into the entitled state of grace the well off left exist in.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thanks for the trip Ben 17 janvier 2014
Par Paul J Adderley - Publié sur
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Ben Hatch's 'Road to Rouen' had me giggling from the first chapter as we join his family on another balmy road trip. Ben and his family embark on a three month trip around France and anyone who has ever completed a road trip with young children would know that there is an extreme level of insanity in even contemplating a trip like this. Throw in turtles, buggy smuggler, MI5, a midlife crisis and you have a recipe for a disaster.
While 'Road to Rouen' provides you with a lot of laughs Ben allows us real access to himself and his family. Their ups and downs, the laughs the tears, the arguments and reconciliations. Ben paints a brutally honest, warts and all, picture of himself and, honestly' his behaviour sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. He shares his real love for his family through snippets into his past, his mother, father, brother and the early years with Dinah.
As we travel around France with Ben, wife Dinah and children Phoebe and Charlie you find so much about them but it also draws out your own travel memories, good and bad. Phoebe and Charlie are too young at the moment to understand the value of the experiences they are gaining but they are cementing memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
I didn't want to read the last page as I really didn't want the trip to be over. I really hope that Ben did not put in the application he received and that we get the opportunity to join the family on another road trip.
Thanks for the trip Ben
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Laugh out loud funny with a few tears thrown in 3 novembre 2013
Par Kristi L White - Publié sur
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It is rare that you find a book that can draw comparisons to both your childhood and your adulthood. This book does that. There were moments that it reminded me in the best way of the halcyon days of my youth and those month long vacations we took as a children. My sister & I in the back of the wagoneer. My dad playing the same tape over and over for thousands of miles and all we had was a deck of cards and a few books to amuse us. Then I turned the page and I was certain that Ben had ridden shotgun on my most recent family vacation

Ben does an excellent job of capturing those moments when we are all a little less than proud of ourselves and yet somehow turn those into heartwarming lessons that let you know you are definitely not alone in those more manic moments of your life. Anyone who has ever had that thought that maybe they don't have it all figured out will appreciate this journey. For those of you actually have it all figured out, read it anyway so you can see how the rest of us live.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read! 12 janvier 2014
Par Alison E - Publié sur
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As someone who has experienced many a family holiday in France, I gave in to all the chatter on twitter about this book, and was so glad I did. I loved it - it's witty, poignant and downright hilarious in equal measure. Anyone who's travelled in France with kids, especially watching the pennies, will understand. It's also an honest account of a couple's relationship and the ups and downs they have experienced in life as a family. Reading about Dinah at the wheel negotiating the Arc de Triomph had me giggling uncontrollably - feeling just a little uncomfortable at the same time (having been there myself). A great read. Well done Mr Hatch.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch 19 janvier 2014
Par Sue - Publié sur
Just finished this wonderful story about Ben & his wife Dinah & family driving for 3 months around France (Ben is writing a tour guide book) Its a hilarious entertaining LOL read & I mean LOL !! Brilliant stuff of the best bits is Ben talking his kids & Dinah into smuggling food into Disney Land , so funny & real ! Easy to read great family & had fun getting to know them all . Had to hold back tears at the end & every parent will know why ! Thank you Ben Hatch I'm looking forward to starting your next book .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous! 13 juin 2013
Par Bodicia - Publié sur
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Ben and Dinah Hatch take their two children Phoebe and Charlie on another of their epic road trips with the usual chaos along the way...well, before they have even left actually because Ben has had an idea about packing the car up which is Baldrick cunning in its simplicity...

This time they are powering around France and finding out that, despite the rumours, the baguette is a rare commodity which you have to move quickly to pin down before the shop closes again. The children behave impeccably, unless there's an audience, in which case the French have no problem with telling them to hush, much to the embarrassment of their parents. Typical family outing then!

The book contains some personal memories of Ben's earlier life which are touching. He is also brutally honest about his behaviour when he receives some bad news and decides to beggar off over the border to Spain, leaving Dinah and the children to it while he contemplates the situation.

There are several hilarious incidents but my favourite has to be when Ben decides it would be a good idea to pop out of the car on the highway and take photos whilst the lights are red, only to still be outside when the lights turn green and the surrounding drivers are getting cross. Dinah (driven by the embarrassment of what people think which us Brits do so well) can stand it no longer and decides to take matters into her own hands. Despite not having driven the whole trip, she jumps into the drivers seat, screams at Ben to get in and obliviously heads off towards the Arc De Triomphe, the worst roundabout in France, where it's a free for all dodging death drive for foreigners and sometimes even the French themselves. I felt her pain, I could see her bug eyed expression, but it was very funny too.

What I like about Ben's writing is the way he draws you in and it feels as if you are actually (squashed) in the boot of the car, hearing it all happening but feeling as if perhaps you should go and forage for bread and give them some privacy.

The next trip is planned already and this time they are all off to explore Italy...might ask if there is room in the boot ;)
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