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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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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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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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Wonderful listen , full of every bit of life

Sue Perkins East of Croydon , is a wonderful listen , it takes you not just to fascinating and wonderful described parts of the world , but takes the listener to different places in their heart . I laughed and cried all at the same time .I had to pause at times and not listen at times , as she describes grief so well, but leaves us with hope .
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Excellent listen

Had me laughing and at times crying. Have now got my mum reading the book after giving her Sue's first book spectacles to read.

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Interesting, Insightful and brilliantly written

I loved this and wish it went on and on! She is so incredibly able to put into words the sights and sounds of her trip and the people she met along with the emotions that emerge.Her quick wit and humour made me laugh out loud and she narrated brilliantly. I highly recommend.