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AA Gill is Away

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780297864660

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 25th November 2010

Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Travel & Holiday / Travel Writing

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‘Theatre, food, refugees: in Adrian’s writing they’re all linked up … If you haven’t read his book AA GILL IS AWAY, read it now. It was when he was away that he was at his best’ Stephen Daldry

A. A. Gill was probably the most read columnist in Britain. Every weekend he entertained readers of the SUNDAY TIMES with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant reviews. Even those who objected to his opinions agree: his writing is hopelessly, painfully funny. He was one of a tiny band of must-read journalists and it was always a disappointment when the words ‘A.A. Gill is away’ appeared at the foot of his column. This book is the fruit of those absences: twenty-five long travel pieces that belie his reputation as a mere style-journalist and master of vitriol: this is travel writing of the highest quality and ambition.

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It was when he was away that he was at his best ... His walkabouts around the world were driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and acquaint himself with cultures he knew nothing about, to rejoice in the diversity of the extraordinary world we live in, and to use his writing as a tool for change ... If A. A. Gill is to be away for a while, we should all take up the baton he has left behind and make sure we are richer, not poorer, for his absence
Stephen Daldry
His reporting here is spot-on: clear-eyed, informative and compassionate ... His work is always ... surprising, original, stimulating and, for that reason, always worth reading
'In this collection of twenty-four accounts of trips abroad he comes across as both funny and compassionate'
'Imagine Evelyn Waugh reborn as one of Nick Hornby's endearingly superficial protagonists, and you have London's Sunday Times television and restaurant critic Gill: droll, astute, irritable, irritating and always cleaver-sharp . . . it's his bald foreignness that makes him such a skilled marksman. That, and the fact that he himself is such an original'
'Sometimes shocking, usually smart, always entertaining'