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Sleeping Around: A Couch Surfing Tour of the Globe Paperback – January 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741752108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741752106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Thacker is an inveterate traveller who has visited 76 countries around the world. He is also the author several popular travel books.

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Brian Thacker is a travel author based in Melbourne (when he's not gallivanting around the world). After many years working as an art director in advertising, Thacker worked as a tour leader escorting busloads of drunk Aussies around Europe. That 'experience' became his first best-selling book, Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus (2001).

Since then, the author has written six other books including Planes, Trains and Elephants (2002), The Naked Man Festival (2004), I'm Not Eating Any of That Foreign Muck (2005), Where's Wallis? (2006), Sleeping Around (2009) and Tell Them to Get Lost (2011). His books have been translated into German, Thai, Mandarin and Slovenian.

Aside from being an author, Thacker is a regular speaker at writer's festivals and runs travel-writing workshops around the country and overseas.

Thacker's accolades include the Australian Society of Travel Writer's 2009 Travel Book of the Year for Sleeping Around and inclusion into the Top 10 Travel Books of All-Time in the 'Traveller Blog' of the Sydney Morning Herald/The Age for Rule No.5 No Sex on the Bus.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on July 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this book hard to put down. It is hard to explain why, nothing out of the ordinary happens, there's no big disasters happening to the narrator as he travels or anything, the book isn't a humorous tale like Danny Wallace or Dave Gorman's books nor is there a really weird excuse for travelling like trying to win a bet or something. I guess the reason you can't put this down is the narrator (author) seems like a really nice guy, someone you wouldn't mind sleeping on your own couch, and the conversational style of writing is just, really, really good. This was the first of Thacker's books I read but I have since read his previous stuff which like this book, for some reason you just can't put them down.

This book is basically about a Melbourne guy who joins up with a few websites where members offer their couch (or a spare bed or something) for strangers from around the world to sleep for free (although some do have ulterior motives for making money from the couchee). I've backpacked Europe but never couched around the world and I found it quite fascinating. I don't know that it's a cheaper option if like the author you feel uncomfortable not doing something like buying them dinner in return for their hospitality which I probably would as well. Brian Thacker stays on a number of "couches" on an around the world airline ticket journey in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. You'll learn a bit about each country he visits as well as a tip or two if you ever go there yourself. As I said a great easy to read sit back for half a day relax and read book.
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