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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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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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Pure enjoyment

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

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Beautifully told

Loved this travel book with a difference. I love Sue's ability to really share her experiences so personally.

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heartwsrming

heartwarming witty and sometimes very personal accounting her travels and fathers death. I love her style and didn't want to stop listening

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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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An absolute joy.

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

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a real story of life and death

absolutely loved this book a great read about the life of the fantastic sue perkins! really funny but terribly sad

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Perfect if you're a Sue Perkins fan

I love Sue Perkins and have watched all the documentaries these tales are based on. She delivers it well, as you'd expect. My only qualm is that occasionally it is a bit overwrought. The chapters about her father were very moving.

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Brilliantly funny and heart warming

Love loved this book. Sue is brilliantly funny. I laughed and cried. Some of her stories are heartbreaking. This is a brilliant read. highly recommend it.

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A moving and funny read.

Really great writing and beautifully performed by the author. I would highly recommend if you are interested in learning more about an outsider perspective on asia, Sue Perkins or a very moving story.