Book review: Journey Thru America: The Way Home

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Gary L. Beer

249 pp


£1.92 (Kindle edition)

The second volume of Gary Beer’s voyage of self-discovery in America has, like the first volume, some perceptive and amusing insights. He is offended by the relentless “Private Keep Out” signs he sees during a coastal walk (“What is it with this country?”) There’s a lot on accents and the (cheap) price of petrol.

Asked about areas in Britain to avoid, he mentions Brixton and Bradford. I agree with the latter but not the former. I do live near Brixton, after all.

After his epic journey perhaps Beer comes to realise that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the Atlantic. The book’s final word sums it up: “home”.

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