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They undertake an organic gardening course in the hope of being able to keep the plants alive; but embracing the green way of life leads to painful for him and hilarious for us consequences. Results pagination - page 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. That said although I wouldn't say this was vintage Hawks not sure if he has been around long enough for vintage status mind there where some genuinely humorous moments which is always good in a book intended to provide them. Nothing new, nothing especially insightful, and totally at odds with the general humorous tone of the book. More refinements More refinements
He has a go at zumba too; but only the once The roads in Devon are very different to London, even though there are 10, miles of them, they are not much wider than a car. He has stare offs with the locals to see who will back down, and several scares when driving a tractor in a rally. A little while after they move down, they find out that Fran is expecting. This means that he might just have time to squeeze in a tiny solo adventure to raise money for a Moldavian charity that he supports.
This is another great book from him. The writing style is chatty as you would expect, and very very funny as his other books have been, so much so that I had to put the book down and wipe the tears away a few times.
I love his enthusiasm too; he is willing to give anything a go too, and his recollection of these events make for entertaining and amusing reading. View all 5 comments. Apr 16, Chris Steeden rated it really liked it. So, this is not the laugh out loud every other page like Hawks previous books but it is a gentle, rather sedate look at his move to Dartmoor, Devon with his partner, Fran from London.
It is a real 3-month-old pig. The transition to Devon and trying to integrate into a new community means Tony and Fran putting themselves out there to assist and this includes a torture evening for Tony of calling out bingo numbers for two hours and on another day being in-charge of an out-of-control tractor very slow out-of-control tractor with no brakes. The thing about Hawks books is that he just comes across as a thoroughly decent fellow. You just know that he is going to get himself in trouble and there will be plenty of mishaps along the way but you root for him to get through it and succeed and he normally does.
View all 4 comments. Apr 14, Evan rated it it was ok. Not his best book, sad to say. The roadtrip wasn't nearly as impressive as the trip in Round Ireland with a fridge, the description of transition to country life not as profound as in A piano in the Pyrenees and the charity challenge bleak compared to Playing the Moldovans at tennis.
This latest book seems to be a medley of the previous ones, with the addition of diary-like reflections on the environment and parenthood, which sometimes are borderline preachy. The thing is, Hawks is so damn likea Not his best book, sad to say. The thing is, Hawks is so damn likeable and his selfdepricating antics keep adding to your desire to love all his work. The book is by no means bad, as it sticks to his succesful formula.
It's just that it made me realise once again what a great read his three other aformentioned books were. Jul 30, Neil Denham rated it it was amazing. Tony Hawks is brilliantly funny, and I am from Devon I was always bound to like this book! Jun 27, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: biog-autobiog. Pretty good and the fairly long section where he was Cycling with a micro pig was a reminder of how good Hawks can be when recounting how an off beat adventure can engender unity however the scope of the book is bigger than this encapsulating impending parenthood and settling into a new area and as such at times seemed a bit disjointed.
That said although I wouldn't say this was vintage Hawks not sure if he has been around long enough for vintage status mind there where some genuinely humorous Pretty good and the fairly long section where he was Cycling with a micro pig was a reminder of how good Hawks can be when recounting how an off beat adventure can engender unity however the scope of the book is bigger than this encapsulating impending parenthood and settling into a new area and as such at times seemed a bit disjointed. That said although I wouldn't say this was vintage Hawks not sure if he has been around long enough for vintage status mind there where some genuinely humorous moments which is always good in a book intended to provide them.
Mar 30, Claire rated it it was amazing. For anyone who has read a Tony Hawkes book before this is exactly what you would expect. For those who havent it is a joyful, narrative which demands little from you other than to read and enjoy. Now read this and read his other books and find out what you have missed. Loved it. Feb 09, Ruth rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-in Amusing throughout, and genuinely laugh out loud funny in other places, as comedian and writer Tony Hawks and his partner Fran leave London for a cottage in rural Devon.
They embrace their complete change of lifestyle and pace. Hugely enjoyable. May 01, Claire rated it really liked it. Another enjoyable Tony Hawks book. I particularly liked that this one included more of "daily life" than the challenges as in Round Ireland with a Fridge - Hawks writes in a very absorbing, entertaining way, and the scenes towards the end will try to avoid spoilers! Apr 23, Suemdavies rated it really liked it. This is a very gentle and funny autobiographical read about move to Devon from London, a fund-raising journey with a pig across Devon and childbirth.
I really enjoyed it. Tony Hawks writes in a very engaging way and maintained my interest right through the book. There are some laugh out loud moments too, especially when he gets stung, but generally I just smiled as I read.
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Apr 11, Barrie Lawrence rated it really liked it. A Christmas present from a family member who does not know me too well, this book made me laugh out loud.
I had never heard of this celebrity author before, and do not like his language at times. But I read it all the same, and loved the dry humour of a man who rode coast to coast across Devon, with a pig under his anorak. This reminded me of my enthusiasm in originally choosing Hawks' memoir last year. I hoped his humour would be the perfect foil for our current dismal weather and I also thought it would be a good literary palate cleanser after the intensity of Demian by Hermann Hesse!
So I queue jumped it and started reading pretty much straight away.
Both things turned out to be true - and the sun is now shining too! It covers three main events: Tony and his partner, Fran, relocating from London to rural Devon; Tony cycling from coast to coast across Devon with an adorable miniature pig; and Fran's pregnancy and giving birth to their child.
As such, the book felt bitty - more like three short books than one full memoir, however it is light enough to carry this. I noticed, at the risk of alienating any Devonian readers I might have, that Tony and Fran appreciated Devon far more than Dave and I did after our move there. Perhaps their not picking Torbay might have had something to do with it!
Personally I would quite happily never set foot in the county again, but then I did recognise a number of places Tony visited as part of his epic pig-carrying cycle that we too had enjoyed visiting. If you're looking for a quick, light read that might just inspire you to pump up your bicycle tyres or move to Devon! There's a strong message about taking time to appreciate our immediate surroundings, and a little preaching from Hawks who appears then to be a recent convert to serious environmentalism.
There's also lime and coconut cake, and a day out on a vintage tractor - what more could you need!