“This was his journey around Britain in 1982, with the Falklands war as a backdrop. He travelled around the British coast, taking trains to seaside towns. The Kingdom by the Sea is a lovely title for a book. He brought his American view to the most British part of Britain – the seaside resort. There is one wonderful riff in it, after his brain had been sufficiently addled by travel, where in two pages he creates a composite seaside resort. It’s a sustained joke with a huge amount of truth to it, and one of the most memorable and funniest passages of travel writing that I know.” Read more...
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