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You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Around Unloved Britain

You are Awful But I Like You Travels Around Unloved Britain A hilarious account of an odyssey across unloved Britain It began with an accidental daytrip to an intriguingly awful resort on the Thames Estuary and ended miles later one man s journey throug

  • Title: You are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Around Unloved Britain
  • Author: Tim Moore
  • ISBN: 9780224090117
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • A hilarious account of an odyssey across unloved Britain.It began with an accidental daytrip to an intriguingly awful resort on the Thames Estuary, and ended 3,812 miles later one man s journey through deep fried, brownfield, poundshop Britain, a crash course in urban blight, deranged civic planning and commercial eccentricity Following an itinerary drawn up from surveA hilarious account of an odyssey across unloved Britain.It began with an accidental daytrip to an intriguingly awful resort on the Thames Estuary, and ended 3,812 miles later one man s journey through deep fried, brownfield, poundshop Britain, a crash course in urban blight, deranged civic planning and commercial eccentricity Following an itinerary drawn up from surveys, polls, reviews and lazy personal prejudice, Tim Moore goes to all the places that nobody wants to go to the bleakest towns, the shonkiest hotels, the scariest pubs, the silliest sea zoos He visits the grid reference adjudged by the Ordnance Survey to be the least interesting point in Britain, and is chased out of the new town twice crowned Scotland s Most Dismal Place His palate is flayed alive by horrific regional foodstuffs, his ears shrivelled by the 358 least loved tracks in the history of native popular music With his progress entrusted to our motor industry s fittingly hopeless finale, he comes to learn that Britain seems very much larger when you re driving around it in a Bulgarian built Austin Maestro Yet as the soggy, decrepit quest unfolds, so it evolves into something much stirring a nostalgic celebration of our magnificent mercantile pomp, and an angry requiem for a golden age of cheerily homespun crap culture being swept aside by the faceless, soul stripping forces of Tesco town globalisation.

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    About "Tim Moore"

    1. Tim Moore

      Tim Moore is a British travel writer and humorist He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith In addition to his seven published travelogues to date, his writings have appeared in various publications including Esquire, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer and the Evening Standard He was also briefly a journalist for the Teletext computer games magazine Digitiser, under the pseudonym Mr Hairs, alongside Mr Biffo aka comedy and sitcom writer Paul Rose His book Frost On My Moustache is an account of a journey in which the author attempts to emulate Lord Dufferin s fearless spirit and enthusiastic adventuring, but comes to identify far with Dufferin s permanently miserable butler, Wilson, as portrayed Dufferin s travel book Letters From High Latitudes.In 2004, Moore presented an ITV programme based on his book Do Not Pass Go, a travelogue of his journey around the locations that appear on a British Monopoly board.Moore lives in Chiswick, West London with his Icelandic wife Birna Helgad ttir and their three children, Kristj n, Lilja and Valdis He is also a brother in law of Agnar Helgason and Asgeir Helgason, and son in law of Helgi Valdimarsson.

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    1. I love Tim, I really do. However, this book was largely "just okay" with some really funny bits here and there. Maybe you have to be British, because the places he visited more-or-less melted into each other. On his new offering due out in a few days


    2. I picked this up because it features Doncaster, my hometown. Imagine my surprise when I get to the section with my town in only to find that the author actually liked the place! So, the premise of the book is that the author travels the UK visiting the least loved towns/cities, driving a crap car whilst listening to the crappiest ever songs. This was such a quick fun read and I enjoyed the author's style.


    3. Out of all the authors in the world, Tim Moore is the one whom I've given away the most copies of his books - and usually French Revolutions at that. Going on holiday, watching Eurovision, walking with a donkey - there is no situation a Tim Moore book can't cover.Like everything, I can totally accept he's an acquired taste, as my wife's often-bemused expression testifies whilst I'm quoting some pithy Moore-ease through gales of tears and snot-spattered sniggers, but he's to my taste. In fact in [...]


    4. Inspired by an accidental visit to Leysdown-on-sea, this is an amusing odyssey through the crappest towns in Britain, reached by driving the worst car (an Austin Maestro), soundtracked by the worst songs and flavoured with the worst food - as voted by the Great British public.Visiting town after dying town - decimated by the death of industry in Britain and with pound shops, monolithic supermarkets and Greggs plugging the gaps left behind, while chuckling at Moore's plight this also had the unex [...]


    5. More a 3.5 than a straight 3. I'm quite puzzled that GoodReads top review (at the time of writing) was from an American saying "Maybe you have to be British, because the places he visited more-or-less melted into each other". For a while I felt angry at 'John' but I realised - it's an accurate comment, and i don't suppose he expected it to make GoodReads top spot.I'm puzzled why an American would want to read it. It would be like me reading about the arse-end towns of Germany or Portugal. I have [...]


    6. I loved this, it reminded me of some awful places I'd stayed and places I'd rather not go thanks. Some parts were hilarious and some I feared for his life! Great fun, I'd read another one of his definitely.


    7. As a big admirer of Tim Moore's 'Continental Drifter',I was expecting an entertaining,informative & amusing tour around contemporary Britain,with pungent asides about Man's Inhumanity To Man,as encapsulated by Modernity (architecturally-speaking,above all).But this book was close to pure genius.Moore chooses to travel around our sceptred (septic?) isle in an embarrassing black Austin Maestro,nicknamed 'Craig', (probably the worst car ever conceived & manufactured by a British car-maker & [...]


    8. Probably a 3.5 but some absolutely snort-worthy passages.Tim Moore decides to tour the worst towns in Britain, as voted on travel sites, UK polls and Location, Location, Location (also Location, Vocation, Procreation). Now, to do this properly, he vows to stay at the worst hotels, eat the worst food and he buys the worst car in UK history (the Maestro) to get there. And if that's not enough, he gets Ozzie the GPS to give him directions (next F-f-f*in' LEFT) with musical interludes by the 300+ wo [...]


    9. Moore has excelled himself with this book. It is almost as good and as funny as french revolutions.He takes himself on a tour of some of the worst parts of Britain, in one of the worst cars made, an Austin Maestro, with the worst 358 songs as his sound track. It takes him up the east of the country around Scotland and back down the west side and into Wales. He stays at the hotels and guest houses that have only just managed to score a single star.And yet through all this he still finds things an [...]


    10. brillant and funny book about the author trip in an austin maestro around unloved britain ranging from kingston-upon-hull to walsall but interesting and well worth reading


    11. Before I was started reading this book, I mused on the author's possible approach to visiting the worst places in the UK. Would his tone be the condescending haughtiness of a metropolitan sophisticate? The answer - thankfully - is no. Although the book certainly details many comic misadventures in down at heel places, what shone through for me was a sense of the author's sadness at the decline of many of the (often post-industrial) places he visited, with a healthy, sympathetic twinge of "I'm gl [...]


    12. A solid travelogue with a slightly unpromising premise just about makes it to the end without getting repetitive. Possibly room at the end to come to a bit more of a conclusion, but entertaining nevertheless.


    13. I found this book really entertaining and packed with interesting social and historical information. The author's sense of humour is just wonderful, cynical and acerbic, yet combined with insight and compassion. A fascinating road trip around Britain's less touristic areas.


    14. Tim drives an Austin Allegro around a collection of terrible towns and eating and staying in the worst places in those towns. Really enjoyed the book.



    15. Light-hearted, funny and an enjoyable easy read. A classic example of the British sense of humour and take on some of the not so outstanding areas of natural beauty locations in the UK. This book will probably appeal to the native British more than non-nationals as it is a humorous take on Great Britain’s lesser green and pleasant land. I loved it though and laughed quite frequently throughout.


    16. This book is a recollection of a journey by the author taking in some of the awful places of Great Britain such as Great Yarmouth in England, Methil in Scotland and Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. To make the journey as awful as possible he took it in the worst car, did it whilst listening to the worst music, think novelty hits and albums, and was directed by the worst sat-nav voice, that of Ozzy Osbourne. He stayed at the worst hotels and ate the worst foods whilst visiting the worst tourist attractio [...]


    17. God Forsaken (their choice), without hope, personal responsibility and in terminal decline, there are people in some parts of Britain that you feel cannot exist much longer, at least so it seems if you believe Tim Moore's account of the worst places in Britain. Although prone to over exaggerate, beneath the mocking humour, he provides a useful and very readable sociological snapshot of the worst towns, as voted by Location, Location, Location, the worst hotels, and several other worsts and makes [...]


    18. This was always going to be a winner for me when early in the book, the author chose his vehicle of choice to complete an odyssey around the worst part of Great Britain. He chose an Austin Maestro based on a 1993 fly on the wall documentary, where a sales man had had his company car changed from a Cavalier to a Maestro. went home and physically cried with his wife. I watched it in my early twenties and thought it hilarious. Rewatching it now (youtube/watch?v=nMCFe) has raised its status to beyon [...]


    19. I was really looking forward to this book, I read an extract in a newspaper (The Telegraph?) and it seemed light hearted and amusing. I was also delighted to discover that Tim Moore co-wrote teletext game review magazine Digitiser back in the 90s, which I used to be a big fan of.Disappointedly I gave up on this book about 100 pages from the end. This is unusual for me, especially so close to the end, but I just couldn't muster the energy to carry on. Having spent over two weeks slogging through, [...]


    20. I liked this a lot. Mostly because it dissed my husband's home town (Middlesborough) more than mine (Sheffield - in fact only one part of Sheffield and it really is most dire indeed so nobody can blame Tim Moore for not liking it)This is the sort of eccentric travel writing I love. It's about places (generally) that I either know, know of or know roughly approximately where they are. It has a unifying theme. And the writing is lighthearted but still imparts knowledge. The guy knows what he's doi [...]


    21. Oh man, this book didn't half make me chuckle as I read it. The over-riding message I'm getting from this is that town planning isn't what it used to be. Yes, there was some awful town planning int he 60s (hello, Trinity Square car park), but there was also some good (Park Hill, Sheffield, which then went to shit when the tenants didn't take responsibility for looking after their own environment; effectively shitting on their doorstep). Moore laments modern town planning which is dominated by su [...]


    22. I absolutely loved this book - one of the best and certainly the funniest I have ever read. I was on Tim's tour of crap Britain, together with Ozzie and Craig. Tim has a brilliant, comedic writing style. Throughout his tour, his disgust and crtitcism was levelled not at the people themselves, but town planners, quangos, politicians, architects and other organisations/individuals who conspired to deliver such hopelessness to parts of this great country.And, we have all been there at some point in [...]


    23. 2.5* if I could give half-stars. A hard read, I think because I'm used to English self-hatred carrying a wry undertone. There's nothing wry here except perhaps in his interactions with his GPS/satnav's Ozzy Osbourne voice. No smile and a wink, just horror upon horror, and by about midway through it's tough to take. It picks up a bit as the author sees the end approaching (and spends time in Wales, which he seems to have a bit more of a sense of humor about than the North of England), thankfully, [...]


    24. Oh, this was brilliant: I apologise to my fellow commuters who had to endure my snorts of hilarity on a regular basis while I was reading this. Descriptions of the Hull and East Riding Museum and of the worst haircut in the world were crafted to a T: you share in Tim's misery as he journeys around the 'worst places in Britain' and his transcriptions of the local dialects are spot on ("like the Nerth bloody Perl").My only criticism is that having spent almost two chapters on Cumbernauld, the last [...]


    25. Funny yet melancholicA book that leaves you feeling a bit grubby under the nails and needing a good washTim Moore travels the length and breadth of the UK, our sceptered isle to discover the worst we have to offer. Our sceptic isle.wns and cities in rapid decay and decline. Filled with great insights into how a once great industrial nation suffered terminal decline and how the consequences are being felt today.Austin Maestros and Keith Harris and Orville the duck. Washed down with half a mild an [...]


    26. This is indeed a work of utter brilliance, from the choice of transport to the selection of places to visit, many of which I know far too well for my own peace of mind. My choice moment?On Teesside, buying a 'parmo', which is from the same roots as the Aussie 'parmigiana' (spelling varied at every place I saw it advertised in WA) and taking it out to eat in a crap car next to a chemical factory.In the end, he throws the excuse for a meal out of the window because it smells worse than the factory [...]


    27. I really enjoyed this book; it was funny, observant and was a very different sort of travel book. Not only did Tim visit the worst places in Britain but he did it in one of the worst cars ever produced in Britain whilst listening to the worst music, as voted by you, ‘the viewer’. Some of the 1960’s architects should have gone to prison as a reward for their effort. Not that everything is perfect now, terrible 1960’s architecture is replace by massive supermarkets everywhere. What will pe [...]


    28. As a proud resident of the least attractive section of one of least attractive cities in Southern California, I really enjoyed Moore's tour of the crappiest places in Britain. About 30% of the British references went sailing over my head, but I had a great time Google Imaging some of the legendarily awful spots he mentions, like the Trinity Centre Car Park in Gateshead. And I admired his masochistic stubbornness in making the trip in Britain's worst car while listening to Britain's worst music.


    29. Tim Moore writing at his very best about what he does best. After a couple of lacklustre efforts, Tim returns to form with trip around Britain in an Austin Maestro listening to really bad music and visiting some really bad places. I am sure some inhabitants of the towns he visits are not very happy but he writes about them so well even they can't be too offended. I really liked the descriptions of the nasty hotels he stayed in and the way he describes them made me cringe, if you liked Tom's Do N [...]


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