AS STAFF travel writer on The Times since 1997, Tom Chesshyre had visited over 80 countries on assignment, and wondered: what is left to be discovered?
He realised that the answer might be very close to home. In a mad adventure that took him from Hull to Hell (actually a rather nice holiday location in the Isles of Scilly), Tom visited secret spots of Unsung Britain in search of the least likely holiday destinations. He got to know the real Coronation Street in Salford, explored Blade Runner Britain in Port Talbot, and discovered that everything’s quite green in Milton Keynes, meeting real-life superheroes and many a suspicious landlady, and saw a football match with celebrity chef Delia Smith.
With a light and edgy writing style Tom peels back the skin of the unfashionable underbelly of Britain, and embraces it all with the spirit of discovery.
`The book has an edgy style that’s incredibly easy to follow, but Chesshyre also delves deeper to tackle issues.’ The Times
`Croydon is an ideal destination for holidaying… a new book recommends – just… make sure you wear a stab vest.’ The Croydon Guardian
`Light-hearted… he was even impelled to visit Port Talbot because his friend told him it was the least likely place he would holiday.’ MK (Milton Keynes) News
`Chesshyre spent several nights in each place and discovered a history he never knew.’ The Yorkshire Post
`You warm to Chesshyre, whose cultural references intelligently inform his postcards from locations less travelled’ Iain Finlayson, The Times
‘Writer Tom Chesshyre celebrates the UK… discovering pleasure in the unregarded wonders of the `unfashionable underbelly’ of Britain’ Mail on Sunday
‘Fun, controversial travel book … Definitely entertaining.’ Salford Star
`Not going abroad this year? … Try Tom Chesshyre’s To Hull and Back, surprising delights in the most unlikely places.’ MK Pulse
* “To Hull and Back: On Holiday in Unsung Britain” (Summersdale, £8.99) is available from Amazon
Tom Chesshyre is a travel journalist based in London and the author of How Low Can You Go? Round Europe for 1p Each Way (Plus Tax), which sold over 10,000 copies (Hodder, 2007). Currently staff travel writer for The Times, he has previously worked for Cambridge Evening News, Sporting Life, Sky Sports and The Daily Telegraph