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Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America
by
Martin Fletcher

*A fresh, fast-paced and humorous look at 'hidden' America.

FORMAT
Paperback
LANGUAGE
English
CONDITION
Brand New

Publisher Description

After seven years as Washington correspondent of "The Times," Martin Fletcher set off to explore the raw and untamed land far from cities and national parks. This is his account of a journey which took him to places few tourists would ever visit, to communities largely unknown to outsiders, to the quintessential America. He encounters snake-handlers, moonshiners, creationists, outlaws, polygamists, white supremacists, and communities preparing for Armageddon. He goes bear hunting in West Virginia, fur trapping in Louisiana, diamond digging in Arkansas, and gold prospecting in Nevada.

Notes

Following seven years as Washington correspondent for The Times, Martin Fletcher set off to explore the great American "boondocks" – raw and untamed land that lies far beyond the cities and national parks. Encountering many wild and wonderful places, animals and people as he goes, all is met with humour and the critical eye of an outsider. A must for all Bill Bryson fans, this was extremely well-received in hardback.

Author Biography

Martin Fletcher was educated at Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined THE TIMES in 1983, became its Washington correspondent in 1989, and US editor in 1993. Married with three children, he is now based in Belfast.

Review

'Surprising, entertaining and original' SUNDAY TIMES 'A gourmet's guide to the boondocks' INDEPENDENT 'Sharply detailed and warmly insightful … fascinating and consistently enlightening, wonderfully funny and unbelievably true' TIME OUT 'A well-observed, warm-hearted travelogue, with plenty of good humour and a cast of amazing characters' TLS 'Filled with the sort of wonderful detail and lively dialogue that graces the best of 19th-century British travel writings' TIME 'The real strength of a travel writer is to be able to match an insider's knowledge with an outsider's fresh eye and Fletcher is enthusiastically and eruditely adept at both.' SCOTSMAN 'His [Fletcher's] astounding report of its inhabitants- bear hunters, snake-handling fundamentalists, lost tribes- is observed without judgement or sensationalism.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'I found his warm and subtly humourous style very appealing, and I highly recommend this book.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Kirkus UK Review

Fletcher's six-month journey into America's backwoods is a passionate account of a country far more diverse and idiosyncratic than the media portray. As a former correspondent and subsequent editor for the London Times in Washington DC, Fletcher was able to interview personalities and visit sites that the average citizen or tourist cannot reach. Fletcher investigates the death row prison of Angola, the bear-hunting mountains of West Virginia, the decrepit and impoverished Navajo nation and much more. (Kirkus UK)

Prizes

Shortlisted for Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award 1999.

Details

ISBN0349109354

Author
Martin Fletcher

Short Title
ALMOST HEAVEN

Pages
304

Publisher
Abacus (UK)

Language
English

ISBN-10
0349109354

ISBN-13
9780349109350

Media
Book

Format
Paperback

DEWEY
917.304

Illustrations
Yes

Year
2002

Publication Date
2002-04-30

Imprint
Abacus

Subtitle
Travels Through the Backwoods of America

Place of Publication
London

Country of Publication
United Kingdom

Birth
1947

Dimensions4.9 in. x 0.9 in. x 7.6 in.

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