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Summary

In her debut memoir A Van of One's Own, Biddy Wells tells the story of how, propelled by a thirst for peace and quiet, for a modest adventure and, perhaps, for freedom, she left for Portugal on her own, with only her old campervan, Myfanwy, and her GPS, Tanya, for company. 

Having left just about everything behind, her solo trip forces her to face her fears, her past, and herself. The road provides the perfect canvas to connect the dots between a past breakdown and her present need for freedom, as she reflects on her own life, her relationship, her family and the world around her - to see whether her life still has room for her in it. As she meets wise and not-so-wise people, members of the campervan community and friendly locals, her outlook on life begins to shift, and a chance meeting in a bar leads to the person who will put her on the right track. But will she go back home, to Wales? And what is the meaning of 'home?' 

©2017 Biddy Wells (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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not a fan

struggled to finish this book. I didnt find the story gripping enough to listen to the end - I did keep trying but just kept turning it off. sorry not for me

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lovely colourful tale

beautiful story about a middle aged woman's journey to Portugal in her van. the ultimate conclusion is that she ends up learning more about herself than the civilisations that she visits.

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Nothing exciting happens

A story of her inward transformation. Not even a puncture. It did not inspire me to travel to Portugal in my campervan. Sorry

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Self indulgent waffle with snippets of travelogue

The best thing about this book is the narrator, she has a lovely gentle Welsh accent that's very soothing. The book however was not for me. I enjoyed the passages about the travelling but all the self reflection and attempts at philosophy I found tedious (that being said there's a real person behind them and someone else may find something useful in then). Overall if your after a camper travelogue this probably isn't for you.

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Great book spoiled by over-expressive narration

I loved Biddy's account, which resonated with my own life experience, but I found the over-expressive narration detracted from the serious reflections of the author, presenting her experiences as trite and lighthearted. it leaves me wanting to buy and read the print copy myself.

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Indulgent and boring

If you are looking for an enjoyable travel book this is not for you. Honestly it would have been a better read if it had been about a trip to Tesco. Please don't write another!

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The Lady and her Van

Enjoyable...liked the travel notes but found the self discovery a bit indulgent at times. Would Recommend.

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Disapointing

As a campervan and adventure lover I expected more and am struggling to get into it or finnish. Very bland. Would return if possible.