Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

A Yank Back to England The Prodigal Tourist Returns coverQuite a few of you will already know about Denis Lipman and his wonderfully charming book A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns.  Strangely enough for someone who spends her time touring around, taking photos and blogging about it, I had never read a travel memoir before; but over the past year, I came to forge a friendship with Denis and his wife Frances through their blogs Englands Rents, Rants & Raves and A Slide of Life.  Fast forward to Christmas time and I was rather impatiently waiting for Amazon to deliver my copy of the book.

I have to say, I loved it and I just know that all of the anglophiles, travellers and expats among you will love it too.

So, if you’d like to read my review and watch Denis reading an excerpt from the book, rush on over my newly renamed and rebranded entertainment blog Addicted to Media and I have also posted an interview with Denis over at BlogCritics.  Or you can just go straight to Amazon and buy the book! (That is a non-affiliate link and the only payment I received for posting this was the enjoyment of the book!!)


  1. Don't know the book, but small typo in your post heading; thought it was going to be a 'bash the bankers' post.

  2. Hi Emm I did a piece on Denis on British Expats Directory last year. Great bloke and the book is good too.

    Now all you need is a title and you could do the same.....something connected to Liverpool?

  3. I notice that all the reviews on Amazon are from Americans. I'd like to read the book and see what it's like from a "native" perspective. The books written by British expats in France are frequently either patronising or largely divorced from the reality of day to day life. Sometimes both. :)

  4. Emm, I love all your comments!!! I'd also love to hear about how you were saved by angels sometime. :)

    I can't wait to read this book. I'm realizing now how very little I saw of England while I was there. I look forward to wandering off the tourist path and seeing more upon my next visit to the UK (I will go back someday! I will!).

  5. I've never heard of the author or the book, but I thank you for letting me know. I haven't had time to actually sit down and enjoy a book for quite some time, but I really like the look of this one.

  6. What a life! Traveling, blogging, and photographing! Thanks for letting us know about the book.

  7. It sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for letting us know about that. I 'll love it. I'm an anglophile, you know!
    Betty xx

  8. @ John: Oh! Thanks for letting me know!! Silly me.

    @ Mike: Ha! I'm not sure if I could ever write a whole book. Maybe... then again, I have always been passionate about Liverpool and would need little convincing to tour it.

    @ Sheila: Do read it! I'd love to hear your views on it. In terms of my own family and their quirks and prejudices, I found the book to be absolutely authentic. And Denis is English so this is a book about England by and English person.

    @ Claire: I would certainly recommend stepping off the tourist path occasionally but I do think the tourist sites are mostly worth it. Especially the free ones!!

    @ Lauren: I didn't read for years and then had a bit of a renewal starting about four years ago. Been a phenomenal four years!

    @ AVCr8teur: Oh, I forgot to mention that I work full time too!

    @ Betty: I would certainly recommend it to you then!!


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