Grumpy Traveller Books
The first Grumpy Traveller book was released for the Kindle in August 2012. It’s called Hardly Paradise: Anti-Postcards From A Grumpy Traveller and features 70 short stories.
It contains some of the best stuff that has been on GrumpyTraveller.com, but also features my columns for National Geographic Traveller and favourite stories that I’ve had published in newspapers and magazines all over the world.
If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read on the site, then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy the book too. And, if you’ve ever thought “I really like this site. What can I do to help fund it?” then buying the book is a solution in which everyone wins. That said, if you want to transfer thousands of pounds into my bank account, I’m happy with that too.
The book is currently only available through the Amazon Kindle store. Use the following links, and I get a slightly higher percentage of the cover price:
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.com
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.co.uk
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.de
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.it
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.fr
Hardly Paradise on Amazon.es
If you don’t have a Kindle (£), well it’s unquestionably* worth buying a Kindle for.
Book description (taken from the Kindle store)
A collection of the best travel writing from National Geographic Traveller columnist and GrumpyTraveller.com author. Featuring 70 carefully-selected stories from David’s career as a travel writer, the tales stretch from New York to , and Paris to Palau.
Designed as a selection of short stories to dip in and out of, Hardly Paradise ditches the glossy sheen of the travel brochures. Sometimes funny, sometimes bleak and sometimes downright intriguing, this is a collection of personal experiences, bizarre oddities and fascinating human dramas picked up in unlikely corners of the world.
It swings from watching a car crash unfold at a Las Vegas roulette table to humiliation in an Italian spa. Tales of ineptitude include falling out a canoe into an alligator-infested river, being taken in by a Malaysian conman and getting locked into arefuge.
Not all of the stories are David’s, however. There are global tales of heartbreak and loss collected by a Croatian couple whose relationship had run its course; there’s the erotic art obsession of a septuagenarian grandmother; there’s the case of a Pacific Islander who has had to find work because his wife has embraced capitalism.
The mood swings from joyous geriatric karaoke to seedy Thai romance; from signs of hope in a land devastated by a volcano to hotels that just want to annoy their guests.
These anti-postcards come from five continents – fromto , Lesotho to Las Vegas, to Brooklyn and to the Vatican. They rarely wish you were here, but they do shine a light on what you might be missing. You’ll laugh, you’ll fight back tears, you’ll find yourself saying: “I never knew that”. And you’ll never trust a monkey again…
*Questionably. Highly questionably.