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Robbie Coltrane's B-Road Britain

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Instead of scaling the Himalayas, trekking across the Antarctic or traipsing through the Brazilian rainforest, Robbie Coltrane has set himself a uniquely British challenge. Armed with a map, a classic car and a sense of adventure, he'll be exploring strange and exotic parts that are a bit closer to home. By venturing away from the tourist fast-track and on to the B roads o ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 2008 by Bantam Press
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Duncan Wilson
A tv tie in narrative of a documentary services series... an itv documentary series.

It's an interesting conceit but I found the writing quite condescending at times.

I've not seen the show but it just didn't feel naturalistic in its dialogue.

Robbie Coltrane is a great actor and a lovely bloke perhaps but sometimes can seem quite rude at times. Then again, some of the people he talks to can seem a little obsessive to the point of shortsightedness.

I'm sure if you like the usually itv documentar
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Richard
An enjoyable, gentle read. Coltrane can make you enthusiastic about things that might otherwise sound rather mundane. This book is an excellent companion to the DVD of the TV show. At the start of the book, Robbie promises to cover the stuff that is featured on the TV show in less detail than the stuff that is not, I am not sure he succeeds - the bits that were the highlight of the TV show are also the highlight of the book - especially the stone masonry and the Highland Cow showing. In fact, yo ...more
Moon
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alas, a sign of the times is having no library access without finicky finagling of a library card PIN I was never granted in the first place. Choosing a book at random from a digital library just isn't the same as choosing from a real one, but we make do.

I dont know why I haven't read many travel books before when they seem right up my proverbial alley - and the word alley in and of itself is one that changes remarkably as one traverses Britain. "Up my proverbial ginnel," however, doesn't quite
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Nancy Thormann
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this. It's a good companion to the DVD. There's only so much you can show in three 45 minute TV shows. This book has information it that the shows didn't have. I like it when books do that. ...more
Spurnlad
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit contrived I thought, could have been a lot better. Quite twee at times, not what you'd expect from Robbie. ...more
Lorraine
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great read enjoyable
Mark Farley
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. It's quite charming and really interesting, covering a lot of areas obviously are not wrote about in most UK travel writing. Whether that has anything to do with roads and accessibility, I'm not sure. But it's great to hear about these odd traditions and happenings within our country. In fact, I'm quite excited to hear that England's Oldest Sweet Shop is just down the motorway (sorry, Robbie) and might be a great day out for the kids. The only bit it falls down on though is ...more
Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, travel
I hadn't realised that Mr. Coltrane is an author. This book is an excellent antidote to Mr. Paxman's rather critical 'the English,' for Coltrane is also aiming to discover the essence of Englishness and Britishness. The writing style is fairly informal, and there is an infective joy in the author's romp through the B-road network that takes him from London to Glasgow. What is it about Britishness? From the end of chapter five, it's a mixture of a devil-may-care, do-it-for-the-sake-of-it or a do- ...more
Sho
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Travel writing? Yaayy. Robbie Coltrane? A clever chap. The B-roads of Britain and some unusual snippets of things about my home country? Great.

But. But. But. I absolutely hated it. I actually pushed on with it for a few days hoping it would improve but nope. The writing was basic and boring. And then it got all sexist (not in an obvious way but when it got to the quarry and how boys/men like big machines I just couldn't take any more)

Oh and seriously. Every village doesn't have to be "charming"
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Alan Bartlett
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a fan of Robbie Coltrane I have to confess that this series passed my by on TV I don't know why. However, if it's ever repeated I will certainly make a point of watching it. This was an enjoyable and easy read but at the same time an uplifting and optomistic look at Britain (mainly England) and if I had the time and no need to go to work for a living I would like to follow this route off the beaten track - especially in an open top classic jag - a retirement project perhaps?! ...more
Sean Gladding
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charming.
Sally Daffarn
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Mostly interesting, boring in places.
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