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Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000 Miles Around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra

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Portofino Sun 13-Nov-11 23:14:01

This book made me laugh out loud AND cry big wet tears in one afternoon.

Portofino Sun 13-Nov-11 23:14:41

Get him (or Dinah) for webchat.

ChaosTrulyReigns Sun 13-Nov-11 23:15:15

Who wrote it?

You're not self-pronoting are you?

Bad form Porto.


Portofino Sun 13-Nov-11 23:33:44

No Ben Hatch wote it - not me. He is FUNNY!

Portofino Sun 13-Nov-11 23:36:00

Amazon right up

Portofino Sun 13-Nov-11 23:38:48

When you coming to visit anyway? I have waffles. PS I love You and The Ugly Truth on standby. The rest of em can go to the pub softplay...

ChaosTrulyReigns Sun 13-Nov-11 23:45:54

Oh My Little Belge.

I would be there like a shot.

I am worried that teh Chaotic4 would disgrace me though. Like they do in Sainsbury's by standing by the DVDs shouting "There's Gerard Butler, look mommy." "You fancy him don't you mommy?" "Mommy fancies Gerard."


IvaNighSpare Tue 15-Nov-11 16:06:59

Brill book, I'm mates with his brother and sister-in-law and he's a facebook friend.

PandaG Tue 15-Nov-11 16:28:58

just read it on ereader. Really funny and yet poignant in places too.

Kellamity Tue 15-Nov-11 17:08:51

I want to read this too! Can you get it on the kindle?

Kellamity Tue 15-Nov-11 17:11:24

Just read Panda's post - I guess you can! blush

MyNameIsInigoMontoya Tue 15-Nov-11 17:24:40

99p Kindle edition on Amazon - bought mine! grin

SophyNorris Wed 16-Nov-11 09:54:02

I know Ben and Dinah too - and this book is Ben's BEST EVER... it is so true, so funny and so moving. Dinah really is like that - and so is Ben smile I BET they woudl come on and do a webchat if you asked them.... It means so much to Ben you like the book - I know smile

MmeLindor. Wed 16-Nov-11 19:12:33

Damn you, Porto. And damn you MN with your recommendations.

Off to Amazon. It had better be good.

PandaG Wed 16-Nov-11 19:50:10

99p for Kindle Mme. I really enjoyed it as a mostly light read.

Portofino Wed 16-Nov-11 19:50:56

Yes - I read it on the Kindle. Make sure you have tissues handy as he seems to pop between hysterically funny stories about his kids/Dinah, to VERY sad. I want to know Ben and Dinah! They sound great fun!

Portofino Wed 16-Nov-11 19:51:56

When he tried to dig out poo with his toothbrush....<<weeps>>

Portofino Wed 16-Nov-11 19:56:27

Sophy - tell Ben if he ever gets round to a child friendly tour of Belgium (and why not?), he can always stop here for wine and use of the washing machine. We are very slack tolerant....grin

beebop123 Wed 16-Nov-11 22:01:49

Fab book - perfect sunny read for a winters day. But very moving too. I devoured it in a day and then gave it to my mum who read it one sitting - laughing and crying all the way. I've bought a couple for xmas pressies.

Ziggy3 Thu 17-Nov-11 13:20:52

This book is just brilliant!!! Every parent can relate to the antics of the kids and the frustrations of juggling work/life balance. Throughout the book the laughter is tinged with raw emotion, dealing with the loss of a loved one expressed beautifully.

Jacqinthebox Thu 17-Nov-11 17:23:05

I went to school with Ben, the author. Fantastically warm and funny chap. I hope he writes more!!

Portofino Thu 17-Nov-11 21:29:04

Oh everyone seems to know Ben apart from me envy.

Portofino Thu 17-Nov-11 21:32:24

Ziggy, do you work in PR? grin

AssCants Thu 17-Nov-11 21:38:35

I don't know Ben.


Portofino Thu 17-Nov-11 21:59:33

When someone recommends the latest Ian McEwan and Seb Faulks, noone seems to KNOW them grin. I wanna know how everyone knows Ben. I want to have a good long chat with Dinah, with much wine.....

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