Thursday, 25 April 2019

Books From The Backlog - Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Demian by Hermann Hesse and my review will be on Literary Flits tomorrow.

Next up is:


Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks

You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him?

Comedian and born and bred townie, Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis, one by one. Now the time has come for his greatest gamble yet - turning his back on comfortable city life to move to the wilds of the West Country.

With his partner Fran in tow and their first child on the way, he embraces the rituals of village life with often absurd and hilarious results, introducing us to an ensemble of eclectic characters along the way. One minute he's taking part in a calamitous tractor run, the next he's chairing a village meeting, but of course he still finds time for one last solo adventure before fatherhood arrives - cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

In the epic battle of man vs countryside, who will win out?


I picked this one up at a campsite book exchange last summer. It looks like a light, fun memoir and hopefully will be entertaining enough to transport me away from the almost perpetual rain we've got here this week.

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  1. I hope you enjoy.

    JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
    My BFTB

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    1. This was the fun read that I hoped it would be!

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  2. Ha! That's definitely one that is sure to bring on the smiles and laughs.

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    1. Yes, it did! I know I will appreciate Hawks' humour :-)

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  3. This looks good and admittedly reading the synopsis had me grinning.

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    1. The whole book might just have you laughing out loud!

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  4. Didn't he write a book about going around Ireland with a fridge? I think I have that one on my TBR somewhere. This looks like lots of fun too!

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    1. Yes, that's the same author. I remember the Ireland fridge walk involved a lot of Guinness!

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  5. This sounds delightful, Stephanie Jane! I can't wait to see what you think of it.

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    1. It's a great fun memoir which was just what I needed :-)

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  6. This sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Hope it takes your mind off the dreary weather! :)

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