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East of Croydon

Narrated by: Sue Perkins
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of East of Croydon, written and read by Sue Perkins.   

A few years ago I was asked if I'd like to make a documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet.  

Up until that point, the farthest east I'd been was Torremolinos, in the Costa Del Sol.   

Here's the thing:   

  • I am scared of flying.  
  • I have zero practical skills.  
  • I can't survive if I am more than a three minute walk from a supermarket. 
  • For the last seven years I have suffered with crippling anxiety. 
  • I bolt when panicked.  
  • I cannot bear to witness humans or animals in distress.
  • I have no ability to learn languages.
  • I am a terrible hypochondriac.
  • And I am no good with boats.

So I said yes.

©2018 Sue Perkins (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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P...ing your pants one minute, sobbing your heart out the next

Oh my lord what a listen!

Many many belly laughs equaled by many many tears

From her description of dreaming of bringing Rakki the street child home to the oh so familiar description of the passing of her dad, the tears I cried could start a new Ganges!

And the laughs came thick and fast ( the street mice chewing down on a pilfered power bar is only eclipsed by Simon the blessed miracle pig)

And all done with a self deprecating humour that, almost, hides a massive and formidable intellect

I defy you not to want Sue to be your best friend after listening to this!!

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Pure enjoyment

This is a truly wonderful book I laughed and cried .
Well done sue I loved it

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An absolute joy.

Sue Perkins is MAGNIFICENT. This tribute to her father, Burt, is joyful and sad and gorgeous.

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Really enjoyed it

Liked Sue Perkins before, love her even more now. she made me laugh, she made me sad, and she is so painfully honest about herself. I will listen to this again at some point.

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Just as great as the first one!

I was so happy to come across this book after enjoying Spectacles. Thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I laughed out loud many times and was also touched by the honesty and raw-ness. Wonderful!

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Real and wonderful

Sue is a pleasure to read, hard words to hear at times and tears will fall but an absolute must. xxx

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Awesomely Sue Perkins

This book is literally a journey through life and death while being taken on an epic tale around some of the most well known places on the planet. It was told in such a way that I could almost feel myself travelling along side her. I laughed, I cried, I was enlightened and I was horrified as Sue recounted her journey not only along the Mekong and Ganges but her life as well. She made me feel good about some of my own decisions in life while educating me on topics that quite honestly i’d Probably never given a second thought to. Her unique wit and insight to the world around us makes this an absolute must read/listen to anyone journeying around the world or just through life in general.

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What a woman!

I was sad to finish listening to Sue Perkins read her own book, even looking forward to my long drive to work! I felt like no stone was unturned in her expedition and I was completely drawn in by her vivid story and erudite narration. Funny and sad throughout. I even cried as I heard her close to tears about her Dad.
What a thoroughly top woman!

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Excellent

Absolutely enjoyed listening to this funny and sometimes very sad book. Would definitely recommend it.

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Outstanding

I adored the first book and this one did not disappoint. You will laugh, cry and roll your eyes with the feeling of knowing Sue as a friend. Fantastic book!