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Tim Moore's light look at the nation reveals a serious purpose. Mr Moore throws himself into his job, of travelling around the country's worst shitholes, with seriousness and dedication.

Tim Moore's light look at the nation reveals a serious purpose. I began this book because I was in the mood for something light, such as you might read in a waiting room. I had some misgivings: the Dick Emery‑inspired title, the not-terribly‑good cover, and the suspicion, gathered from the blurb ("can you handle the thrill of Rhyl?", etc) and the first few pages, that we were going to be treated to unrelentingly depressing environs leavened by sub-Bill Bryson jokes and an underlying air of superiority.

Start by marking You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels . I love Tim, I really do. However, this book was largely "just okay" with some really funny bits here and there.

Start by marking You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Around Unloved Britain as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Maybe you have to be British, because the places he visited more-or-less melted into each other. Tim Moore decides to tour the worst towns in Britain, as voted on travel sites, UK polls and Location, Location, Location (also Location, Vocation, Procreation).

A couple of years ago Tim Moore found himself sitting in a cafe in Great Yarmouth. It was the worst restaurant he could find, in a town that had been recommended to him as grimly awful. For in-car entertainment, he had chosen a collection of music so cheesy you could have it melted on toast as a mid-morning snack. For the voice of his sat nav, he had picked Ozzy Osbourne with his Midlands accent, regularly voted the most irritating

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TIM MOORE's books include French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps and Nul Points and I Believe in Yesterday. Throughout YOU ARE AWFUL (BUT I LIKE YOU), Tim displays an eye for detail, a caustic dry wit, a self-deprecatory humor, and a more-or-less stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. And, in the end, Moore gains from the experience: "But something had happened to me over the past few months. I had taken a crash course in grubby discomfort, and relearnt the lost native skills of taking the rough with the smooth, looking on the bright side, making the best of a bad jo. Bravo!

In You are Awful, Tim Moore drives his Austin Maestro round all the places on our beloved island that nobody wants to go.

In You are Awful, Tim Moore drives his Austin Maestro round all the places on our beloved island that nobody wants to go to – our most miserable towns, shonkiest hotels, scariest pubs, and silliest sea zoos. But as the soggy, decrepit quest unfolds he finds himself oddly smitten, and the result is a rousing, nostalgic celebration of mad, bad But I Like You Britain.

Tim Moore sought out unloved Britain and was called a clown by the .

Tim Moore sought out unloved Britain and was called a clown by the Mayor of Goole in the process. He tells Peter Moore why it was worth the effort. Hailed as 'the new Bill Bryson', Tim Moore has written some of the most popular travel books of recent years. In French Revolutions, he cycled the route of the 2000 Tour de France. In Spanish Steps, he coaxed a reluctant donkey to accompany him along the Pilgrim Way to Santiago.

This was an ok read - skim through the slack bits.

Books : You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain (Paperback). I enjoyed Tim Moores travel round the UK. He goes to the worst towns samples the worst pubs and food. He also drives the worst car doing this journey an Austin Maestro. Funny tales about the towns and characters he meets along the way. I do wish it had some photos though. This was an ok read - skim through the slack bits. In all it gets a bit depressing to have someone deliberately describe all the bits of England that are probablyt best avoided.

Would you cheer if they sent you to Coventry? Could you stick up for Stoke or big-up Bracknell? Can you handle the thrill of Rhyl, the heaven of Hull or the mirth of Tydfil?

But as the soggy, decrepit quest unfolds he finds himself oddly smitten, and the result is a rousing, nostalgic celebration of mad, bad But I Like You Britain.

In You are Awful, Tim Moore drives his Austin Maestro round all the places on our beloved island that nobody wants to go to - our most miserable towns, shonkiest hotels, scariest pubs, and silliest sea zoos. Having ridden the route of the Tour de France in French Revolutions, led a donkey on a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spanish Steps and driven round the worst places in Britain in an Austin Maestro for You Are Awful (But I Like You),Tim Moore can look back on a towering career in misadventure. Gironimo!, his latest and most imposing pedal-powered endeavour, was a story of predictable over-ambition trumped by frankly staggering over-achievement.

A hilarious account of an odyssey across 'unloved Britain'.It began with an accidental daytrip to an intriguingly awful resort on the Thames Estuary, and ended 3,812 miles later: one man's journey through deep-fried, brownfield, poundshop Britain, a crash course in urban blight, deranged civic planning and commercial eccentricity. Following an itinerary drawn up from surveys, polls, reviews and lazy personal prejudice, Tim Moore goes to all the places that nobody wants to go to -- the bleakest towns, the shonkiest hotels, the scariest pubs, the silliest sea zoos. He visits the grid reference adjudged by the Ordnance Survey to be the least interesting point in Britain, and is chased out of the new town twice crowned Scotland's Most Dismal Place. His palate is flayed alive by horrific regional foodstuffs, his ears shrivelled by the 358 least loved tracks in the history of native popular music. With his progress entrusted to our motor industry's fittingly hopeless finale, he comes to learn that Britain seems very much larger when you're driving around it in a Bulgarian-built Austin Maestro. Yet as the soggy, decrepit quest unfolds, so it evolves into something much more stirring: a nostalgic celebration of our magnificent mercantile pomp, and an angry requiem for a golden age of cheerily homespun crap culture being swept aside by the faceless, soul-stripping forces of Tesco-town globalisation.

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Manazar
"A quick flip of the wipers, and off we ... oh. I heard frail machinery endure immense strain and surrender with a reverberating twang; I saw the wipers flop limply down on to the bonnet, useless and dead." - from YOU ARE AWFUL, about driving Craig

"I watched my reflection settle into the now familiar blend of horror and exhilaration - the face of a man who has gone in search of the truly dreadful, and found it ... Five minutes later I walked outside (the barber shop) wearing a crested grebe plucked from an oil slick." - from YOU ARE AWFUL, about a haircut in St. Helens

"Drained and stained, the irregular-shaped pools seemed sad and creepy; the primary-hued plastic employed from everything from water slides to snack huts had dulled and roughened like an old toothbrush. The whole Chernobyl fairground look." - from YOU ARE AWFUL, about Rhyl's Sun Centre, off-season

Early in his marriage, travel essayist Tim Moore and his wife got lost on a day trip to Leeds Castle and ended up on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary at the decaying beachfront resort of Leysdown-on-Sea. Twenty years later, this experience inspired Moore to do a driving tour of Britain's most vilified and blighted places as pronounced by various polls and surveys. Thus YOU ARE AWFUL (BUT I LIKE YOU), an unusual work of humor and bad experiences which is sprinkled with words like: horrid, rubbish, worst, loathsome, unhappiest, dreadful, and ugly. For the reader, it's great fun. Brilliant, actually.

Dedicated to the concept of Awfulness, Tim acquires his ride for the adventure, perhaps the worst engineered British car in recent history - the Austin Maestro - which he names "Craig." Inserting the needle under his fingernail even deeper, he programs the on-board sat-nav with the most obnoxious voice available from among celebrity voices, that of "Ozzy" Osbourne, and loads his on-board music player with 358 British songs voted by listeners as the most terrible.

And he does his round-the-island journey in the winter.

Sounds like a lark. Who among us could resist an offer to ride along?

So, it's up along the east coast (Great Yarmouth, Skegness, Goole, Hull, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Howick, Forth, Methil, Lochgelly), then down the west coast and through the Midlands (Cumbernauld, Barrow, Southport, St. Helens, Rhyl, Doncaster, Sheffield, Nottingham, Walsall, Merthyr Tydfil, Slough).

(Even having holidayed in Great Britain more than a dozen times and been from Land's End to John O'Groats, up the east and west coasts and down through the center, I can't recall having spent significant time in any of these places except Nottingham in 1975, and that was to satisfy my desire to visit the Nottingham Castle of Robin Hood legend. I was much younger then, and naively uninformed. In any case, there's very little of that fortress left; I was vastly disappointed.)

And what a wealth of horrid experiences! A bad haircut, dismal hotel rooms, atrocious food, decrepit seafronts, blighted industrial towns, depressing pubs, deserted museums, and execrable public architecture. Among other things.

At one point, the author invites the reader to interactive participation when he writes of the scabrous Pontin's Southport Holiday Park:

"You don't even need to go there to see how bad it looks: as viewed on Google Earth, that weathered concrete wheel says correctional facility or abandoned military intelligence compound."

I viewed, and it does.

Throughout YOU ARE AWFUL (BUT I LIKE YOU), Tim displays an eye for detail, a caustic dry wit, a self-deprecatory humor, and a more-or-less stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. And, in the end, Moore gains from the experience:

"But something had happened to me over the past few months ... I had taken a crash course in grubby discomfort, and relearnt the lost native skills of taking the rough with the smooth, looking on the bright side, making the best of a bad job."

Bravo! This is a gem of a travel narrative worth savoring with your next meal of parmo (Middlesbrough) or Chinese Lemon Chicken (Doncaster).
Abandoned Electrical
Hilarious and good for those gloomy days. It is not deep literature!! Just a fun stream of truly funny incidents written by a guy I'd love to hang out with!
Doriel
If you have ever driven through down-and-out towns and wondered about life there, this book is for you. I like the way Tim Moore ties in the history of a place with its eventual dereliction. It is both interesting and depressing to see the results of sustained economic depression in Britain. Fortunately, traveling with Mr Moore is entertaining regardless.
Phallozs Dwarfs
I have visited many of the places Tim has spoken about way back in the 1950's this was the time before all the changes he writes about. But enjoyed the book immensely
Ice_One_Guys
French Revolutions and Continental Drifter are humourous, well-written and information-packed. And they still had the originality of Moore's idea of basically re-living other peoples' travels.
His next ones were okay, but never as good, even though he still writes with skill and satiric wit, most often aimed at himself.
In You Are Awful he somehow manages to marry the basic concept of his last books - a rigid framework for travel and discovery, often putting himself in the center - with hte bubbling enthusiasm of earlier works.
Still not up there, but a nice return to form (almost).
Dangerous
I am very happy with the product. I received it quite promptly and the book is everything I expected it to be and more! My best reviews for Tim Moore and Amazon!
Styphe
It may be wrong to recommend something when you are only half way through - but I am so enjoying this book I just had to! I think we have the new Bill Bryson here, though perhaps a tad ruder.

I love the way Tim is so descriptive of his journey around the worst parts of the Uk, in the worst car, listening to the worst music. On the way, there are lots of interesting facts about the places he visits, both historical and present day. I shall come back to finish this when I am done, but I would urge you to buy this if you love the UK and all it's idiosyncracies!!
This book should be compulsory reading for all British ex-pats. After finishing the book I cannot decide whether to move back home (a close but safe distance from Cumbernauld)or burn my British passport; maybe both. It is a very funny book that captures something very real and very sad about the country. The facts speak for themselves in this book. Its not dripping sentimentality but does compare and contrast the rise and fall of a country whose economic growth has to have rivaled modern day China.
You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain download epub
Humor
Author: Tim Moore
ISBN: 0099546930
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Humor
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books (March 18, 2013)
Pages: 320 pages