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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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Fabulous

Absolutely loved it. Hilarious oh I laughed, and well read by Sue. Great adventure story too.

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Good book. Poor Audiobook.

I like Sue and her books, but this turned out to be not good. read out loud.

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Loved it!

I loved this but knew I would, as I have Sue since F&S through Lite Lunch to her travel shows.

Listening to this feels like you are travelling with Sue and catching up at the end of your day! (I listened whilst tidying the kitchen each night)

I both laughed and cried whilst listening.

Sue’s updates on her day and the the various people she meets are thought provoking but fun. With details of the issues trying to film in another culture and of the team filming.

Sue speaks about the loss of her beloved dad in such a personal and honest way. I am an easy cry but to found myself stood still at the kitchen sink whilst she shared the story of the blackbird!

I also know more about the Ganges and how to achieve moksha than I did before!!!