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Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America
*A fresh, fast-paced and humorous look at 'hidden' America.
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.
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.
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.
'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)
Shortlisted for Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award 1999.
Travels Through the Backwoods of America
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