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East of Croydon

Narrated by: Sue Perkins
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of East of Croydon, written and read by Sue Perkins.   

A few years ago I was asked if I'd like to make a documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet.  

Up until that point, the farthest east I'd been was Torremolinos, in the Costa Del Sol.   

Here's the thing:   

  • I am scared of flying.  
  • I have zero practical skills.  
  • I can't survive if I am more than a three minute walk from a supermarket. 
  • For the last seven years I have suffered with crippling anxiety. 
  • I bolt when panicked.  
  • I cannot bear to witness humans or animals in distress.
  • I have no ability to learn languages.
  • I am a terrible hypochondriac.
  • And I am no good with boats.

So I said yes.

©2018 Sue Perkins (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • mat brown
  • 10-21-18

P...ing your pants one minute, sobbing your heart out the next

Oh my lord what a listen!

Many many belly laughs equaled by many many tears

From her description of dreaming of bringing Rakki the street child home to the oh so familiar description of the passing of her dad, the tears I cried could start a new Ganges!

And the laughs came thick and fast ( the street mice chewing down on a pilfered power bar is only eclipsed by Simon the blessed miracle pig)

And all done with a self deprecating humour that, almost, hides a massive and formidable intellect

I defy you not to want Sue to be your best friend after listening to this!!

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  • S. Clarke
  • 03-03-19

Really enjoyed it

Liked Sue Perkins before, love her even more now. she made me laugh, she made me sad, and she is so painfully honest about herself. I will listen to this again at some point.

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  • J. R. Knight
  • 12-27-18

Pure enjoyment

This is a truly wonderful book I laughed and cried .
Well done sue I loved it

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  • Andrea Hodson
  • 11-09-18

An absolute joy.

Sue Perkins is MAGNIFICENT. This tribute to her father, Burt, is joyful and sad and gorgeous.

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  • bookbug han
  • 07-23-19

Beautifully told

Loved this travel book with a difference. I love Sue's ability to really share her experiences so personally.

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  • sue parsons
  • 05-21-19

heartwsrming

heartwarming witty and sometimes very personal accounting her travels and fathers death. I love her style and didn't want to stop listening

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  • Ajp
  • 11-11-18

Just as great as the first one!

I was so happy to come across this book after enjoying Spectacles. Thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I laughed out loud many times and was also touched by the honesty and raw-ness. Wonderful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-19

Another triumph!

Enjoyed every second, didn't want it to end! Spectacles was brilliant, East of Croydon follows in a similar style... Sue Perkins is a talented writer and her narration simply hooks the listener without any pretence. I had travelled to some of the places and it resonated with me. The chapters about her family are incredibly moving. Please write another book Sue!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-19

heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure.

mascara warning needed for the middle chapters. a beautiful story which had me laughing and crying.

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  • Semtex
  • 08-01-19

A joy

A great book, read with humour. sue Perkins is just a joy to listen to and her adventures a wonderful as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-19

Loved it!

Sue Perkins achieves the most delightful balance and shifts between silliness, wit, sentiment and insight. I loved the raw emotion and brutal honesty. More please!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-19

She has done it again!

Once again Sue Perkins delights you with her humour, insight and love. You finish wanting more and feeling like you have made a new best friend! I hope the books keep coming!

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  • Fiona Robinson
  • 12-06-18

Please go on more adventures Sue!

I could listen to Sue talk all day, and I pretty much did for three. Be prepared to unexpectedly laugh out loud. People look at you funny. Be mindful that you may also cry. People also look at you funny if you have tears rolling down your face while doing the groceries. I loved every page and highly recommend Sue as an author, a TV presenter and a narrator. Huge fan.

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  • Julie Hart
  • 11-08-18

Another brilliant book

Yet again Sue Perkins makes me laugh and cry and entertain. Please right another x