Elborough proves an erudite and entertaining guide, combining the keen eye of a social historian with the lapidary prose of a fine journalist.
An undiluted delight - witty and whimsical
Meticulously researched and trenchantly expressed, Wish You Were Here is as bright and breezy as a trip in a pleasure steamer.
Elborough has the passion of a true enthusiast... but he's also an indefatigable researcher, who has somehow seen a clear path through the vast amount of material to write a book that reads easily and well but also wholly coherently. Richly enjoyable.
'Elborough is a charming, funny and frequently fascinating guide'
In this brilliant book, Travis Elborough does a wonderful job of analysing the history of our masochistic love affair with the seaside... [Elborough] has done his research thoroughly and writes with enormous wit and feeling. His book punches far above its weight in both style and substance.
'He chronicles our love (or otherwise) of our seaside, and his elliptical approach, his wit, and the exuberance of his prose marks this book out from a hundred others on the same subject.'
Technically, Travis Elborough is a cultural historian, although that seems too pompous a phrase for such an amusing and sprite-like writer... Here, he chronicles our love (or otherwise) of our seaside, and his elliptical approach, his wit, and the exuberance of his prose marks this book out from a hundred others on the same subject... timely, bittersweet beach reading.
Elborough's overview of our lasting love of fish and chips, Brighton rock and paddling is the perfect beach book.
A pocket-sized production as sleek as the vehicle it elegises.
Elborough is an English nostalgist in the mode of John Betjeman... as a cultural commentator [Elborough] is a terrific companion... Wish You Were Here is quirky, chatty, charming and optimistic - an ideal read for the English beach.
Wonderful book... a great thundering roar of nostalgia for the LP record.
For THE LONG PLAYER GOODBYE: 'He's got a happy knack of stuffing sentences with facts, colour and incident'
Reassuring air of cultural authority... impressive depth of perspective... admirably persuasive
On THE BUS WE LOVED: 'A charming account of the capital's enduring affair with its favourite piece of transport.'
a charming study of our national beachside frolics
'Travis's book sparkles like the sun on a breaking wave...The author has confirmed his ability to find a quirky piece of social history and make it as appealing as a seaside ice-cream on an August day.'