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.
What would have made Move Along, Please better?
The book is dull, lacks any real humour and exposes the writers dislikes and prejudices.
It seriously needed a good editor to pick up on this. I'm amazed it found a publisher.
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At 41, the writer seems prematurely middle-aged whilst remarkably untraveled in his own country and lacking in common knowledge. Bill Bryson he is not so expect none of the humour or wry observations. His recollections are mundane and uninteresting; descriptions of places visited vague and littered with random facts that I imagine were gleaned from Wikipedia. I had high hopes for this book but have found it boring. He clearly has negative preconceptions about some people that he would have better kept to himself.
Having just recently listened to Stuart Maconie's excellent travelogue of his journey around the North, I found this a tiresome listen. Sorry.
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The Lion of Vienna he talks about was Nat Lofthouse. not Sir Stanley Matthews do people not check,
Thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Mark. Loved the wit, frustration and anecdotes which were present throughout. Anything Bill Bryson can do I's sure Mark can do too. Love to see more of Mark's titles available in audio format.
thoroughly enjoyed this nice story and the anecdotes that went with it. Very well narrated also.
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most of all I enjoyed the historical parts of the journey.
I didn't find anything offensive in the book.
I also liked the bit or irony at the end of the story.
I enjoyed this book while travelling to and from work on the bus.
If you are easily offended if your town or accent is the focus of humour, this will not be for you.
I liked the stories linked to Britains history. For example the story behind Birds Custard.
Sometimes I found the pace a little slow.
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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