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East of Croydon

Narrated by: Sue Perkins
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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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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An absolute joy.

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

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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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Love love love it

I adored this book. I fell in love with Sue when I listened to her book Spectacles and this one did not dissappint. she writes in such a way that males me laugh out loud and rather unusually she isslso a beautiful writer for those sadwr moments. her tribute to her father made me sob without control...it was simply beautiful. the book is one I will have to buy in paperback so I may treasure it for all eternity. I suffer from anxiety and reading about how Sue struggles and feels as I do but still is such a huge success is inspirational and has pulled me through some dark days.

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Warm, funny, honest and totally addictive!!

Enjoy this story about our world, her world and all the weird funniness of life. Well done Sue!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!!

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Another triumph!

Enjoyed every second, didn't want it to end! Spectacles was brilliant, East of Croydon follows in a similar style... Sue Perkins is a talented writer and her narration simply hooks the listener without any pretence. I had travelled to some of the places and it resonated with me. The chapters about her family are incredibly moving. Please write another book Sue!!