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Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn Paperback – May 24, 2012


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398772
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,229,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Ann on May 29, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Laughed till I cried! Brian Viner has captured the English on holiday very accurately. Look forward to reading his next book.
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"The politics and power shifts of the girls' weekend away would do justice to a G8 summit and, good friends though they all are, there is evidently always a moment when Friend A is doing the cooking and Friend B, watching, says 'Oh, you do it like that?' Meaning, of course, 'What a stupid way of doing it.' According to (my wife) Jane, this ritual exchange invariably involves scrambled eggs. It is an oddity of the British ... that we simply cannot seem to agree on the best way to scramble eggs." - Brian Viner, in CREAM TEAS, TRAFFIC JAMS AND SUNBURN

An accomplished newspaper and magazine columnist, author Brian Viner draws on a lifetime of traveling from childhood to adulthood to provide in CREAM TEAS, TRAFFIC JAMS AND SUNBURN a peripatetic commentary on the evolution and nature of the British holiday.

Except for its division into two parts, "The British in Britain" and "The British Abroad", this charming narrative seems comprised of a haphazard collection of subtopics taken in no particular order from the author's mental file cabinet. But no matter, as Viner's relentless and occasionally self-deprecating humor carries the day.

In "The British in Britain," the author bounces between Blackpool, caravans, Butlins, bank holidays, traffic jams, boarding houses, Clint Eastwood and lochs. And, in "The British Abroad," between suitcases, passports, misfortune, postcards, tour companies, naturism, foreigners in general, cruising and Claudia Schiffer.

At one point ("... since this is my book and I'll do what I want to ..."), Viner reminisces about the ten most memorable meals he's had abroad - memorable because of the food, ambience or associated circumstances.
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