My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Why would anyone think it was a good idea to travel round the UK with 2 young children is beyond me but i’m so glad Ben did.
It seems impossible that you could live like that for so long & not kill each other but family Hatch proved it can be done, a great insight into the life of a family who shared the highs & lows, the tears & the laughter.
Having downloaded it onto my kindle before going on holiday & the reading how much stuff they had to try to cram into their car, my suitcase took on a new light!
I admire both Ben & Dinah for taking on this mammoth challenge & coming out the other side of it.
If you think writing a guidebook is easy, think again…
“‘Hurry up,’ I shout at Dinah, whilst on the overhead telly Ray Mears’ Survival is playing extraordinarily loudly because Charlie sat on the volume button of the remote. The kids writhe about in the V05 shampoo they just spilt, laughing as the last of their clean clothes bite the dust, and I’m thinking: ‘Survive driving round England with two under 4s, staying at a different hotel each night and visiting four or five attractions a day and sometimes a restaurant in the evening. Sleep all in the same room, go to bed at 7 p.m. after having had no evening to yourself, wake up at 7 a.m. and do it all again the next day with the prospect of another 140 nights of the same – then come and tell me about survival in your khaki ****ing shorts, Ray.’”
They were bored, broke, burned out and turning 40. So when Ben and his wife Dinah were approached to write a guidebook about family travel, they embraced the open road, ignoring friends’ warnings: ‘One of you will come back chopped up in a bin bag in the roof box.’
Featuring deadly puff adders, Billie Piper’s pyjamas and a friend of Hitler’s, it’s a story about love, death, falling out, moving on and growing up, and 8,000 misguided miles in a Vauxhall Astra.
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