At 10.41am on a Tuesday morning in September, Mark Mason boards the number 1A bus at Land’s End in Cornwall. Forty-six buses and eleven days later he disembarks at John O’Groats in Scotland. Move Along, Please is his account of that gruelling 1100-mile odyssey; a paint-by-bus-numbers portrait of Britain.
Along the way he visits everywhere from the village where the internet enters Britain to the urban sprawl of Birmingham (inspiration for the Two Towers in Lord of the Rings). He samples staples of the British diet from curry to the deep-fried Mars Bar, and uncovers countless fascinating facts about his native land – did you know, for example, that Crewe Alexandra football club is named after the wife of Edward VII, that Loch Ness could hold the water from all the lakes in England and Wales, or that there is a village which rejoices in the name Tongue End?
Set against the backdrop of 2000 years of history and with a full supporting cast drawn from that most unusual of species, the Great British Public, this is the unmissable story of a man rediscovering his nation in all its idiosyncratic glory.
©2013 Mark Mason (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
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"Discrimination in an unlikely place"
I bought this book as I wanted something easy to read a I travel a lot and well…like travelling….and this booked lived up to that…it didn't set the world on fire just some general observations….
So the next bit genuinely shocked me, the writer of the book is in his early 40s not a dinosaur - I'm guessing he understands the concept of social etiquette, I'm guessing he's a relatively normal bloke….. However, in a easy reading book like such as this or in any book or media is it acceptable to tease/belittle/discriminate against dwarfism?? blacks?? people with disabilities? women?? I'm guessing not!!! so I'm baffled why this book states its OK for ginger people….on reading the cover this books seems like the most benign ever….but any comment stating that it is to discriminate against someone for their colouring is all sorts of wrong….
…people reading this review before making judgement just think on that fact…...
I'm in my late 30's and STILL get called at in the street by idiots, if this book made reference to a black person instead of a ginger one it would be taken off the shelves!
To the author: Mark - one silly comment immature comment has spoilt this book for me.
p.s (I'm no softie I working in consultancy and banking with the occasional dinosaur and not some sensitive Annie).
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