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AA Gill is the high profile TV and Restaurant critic for the SUNDAY TIMES and is contributing editor to GQ magazine His blend of travel reportage and humour are a hugely popular combination in the tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Hawks 'In this collection of 25 accounts of trips abroad he comes across as both funny and compassionate' DAILY EXPRESS 'His reporting here is spot-on: clear-eyed, informative and compassionate his work is always... surprising, original, stimulating and, for that reason, always worth reading' Lynn Barber, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'This is one of those rare books that I never wanted to end. While I hate missing any of Gill's acerbic restaurant and television reviews, I'll no longer wince at the words 'AA Gill is away' printed on the bottom of the page. It means that I'm in for a real treat when he returns to tell me where he's been' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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AA Gill is the author of two novels Sap Rising (1997) and Starcrossed (1999) and books on two of London's most famous restaurants, The Ivy and Le Caprice. He is the TV and restaurant critic for the Sunday Times and is contributing editor to GQ magazine.

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Imagine Evelyn Waugh reborn as one of Nick Hornby's endearingly superficial protagonists, and you have London's Sunday Times television and restaurant critic Gill: droll, astute, irritable, irritating and always cleaver-sharp. Moving from Hiroshima to Kyoto, Gill carps about the Japanese, with their ways that differ greatly from Gill's own, being "the people that aliens might be if they'd learnt Human by correspondence course and wanted to slip in unnoticed." He barnstorms through Ethiopia, Russia, Argentina and elsewhere before heading home to England. The anthology of travel essays opens with arguably Gill's finest section-on Sudan, whose current horrors make his root-cause impressions from 1998 required reading-arguing how even those who care about mass suffering are "protected by the one-way mirror of news." In Los Angeles, he makes a porn film: life on the set teaches him argot like "kung fu death grip" and some unusual uses for pineapples. Compilations inevitably draw episodes against one another, and this one is no different. Yet it maintains a high batting average from start to finish. Gill's aim isn't always on (only a Brit would search for authentic barbecue in California), but usually it's his bald foreignness that makes him such a skilled marksman. That, and the fact that he himself is such an original. Agent, Grainne Fox. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Gill is not your everyday travel writer. Whenever he is away from his desk, his wildly popular column in the London Times reads "A.A. Gill Is Away" (hence the book's title). His idea of the perfect vacation is to locate the absolutely worst in a country and describe it with as many adjectives, adverbs, and similes as possible; the man positively revels in the English language. Here is his portrayal of an African safari guide: "He smoulders like a cross between Daniel Day-Lewis and an Ibiza deckchair attendant." And his take on the Japanese: "they are the people that aliens might be if they learnt Human by correspondence course." Gill's writing is acerbic and dyspeptic, but it is also probative and humorous, and he loves to puncture long-held tourist dreams about faraway places. Gill's skills as a writer certainly give this arsenic-laced book some street cred, but buyer beware! This is not a fluffy travel book, and it's not for family reading. It is for readers looking for a wild, well-written trip around the world as seen through the jaundiced eyes of an English vagabond. Recommended for large public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

His reporting here is spot-on: clear-eyed, informative and compassionate ... His work is always ... surprising, original, stimulating and, for that reason, always worth reading -- Lynn Barber * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
It was when he was away that he was at his best ... His walkabouts around the world were driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and acquaint himself with cultures he knew nothing about, to rejoice in the diversity of the extraordinary world we live in, and to use his writing as a tool for change ... If A. A. Gill is to be away for a while, we should all take up the baton he has left behind and make sure we are richer, not poorer, for his absence -- Stephen Daldry
'In this collection of twenty-four accounts of trips abroad he comes across as both funny and compassionate' * DAILY EXPRESS *
'Imagine Evelyn Waugh reborn as one of Nick Hornby's endearingly superficial protagonists, and you have London's Sunday Times television and restaurant critic Gill: droll, astute, irritable, irritating and always cleaver-sharp . . . it's his bald foreignness that makes him such a skilled marksman. That, and the fact that he himself is such an original' * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
'Sometimes shocking, usually smart, always entertaining' * KIRKUS REVIEWS *

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