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"I had an idea for a road trip; a sports car i shouldn't have bought; and a wife to point out that what looks entirely feasible on a scaled map can actually be quite a long way away." This isn't a travelogue; it's much less than that. If you are looking for a font-of-all-knowledge encyclopaedic guru that will help you plan your next European adventure, you'll hate this boo ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 11th 2017
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Valerie Poore
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This book first came to my attention on the Facebook Memoirs group when I read a review someone else had written. It sounded like my kind of read, so I downloaded a sample to see if it would appeal to me. Well, I loved Adrian Sturrock’s humour from the first few pages, so I bought the whole book.

The Satnav Diaries is a driving travelogue, pure and simple. However, what makes it so compelling is the relationship between the author and his wife, which is portrayed with tremendous wit an
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Louise
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laughed out loud

If you need cheering up, read this book. I laughed out loud a lot. Adrian Sturrock gives a breezy, humorous account of 40 days of traveling through 4, 5? Countries of Europe in a two seater car with his wife Nat with their Sat nav or GPS as we call it in the US, to guide them. Sturrock’s self depreciating humor and appreciation for whatever situation he is in make this memoir an especially good read. Their choice of route makes anyone who watched movies of the 60’s envious. I thi
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Jean Gill
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witty and warm, so entertaining!
If Bonnie and Clyde had sprayed sharp dialogue instead of bullets, on a road trip round Europe in a very flashy sports car, then a book like this might be the result. Nat (a very cool lady) and Adrian dazzle bemused locals with approximations of non-English, from the back streets of Marseille to the back streets of… lots of other places. Their trust in satnav leads inevitably to hilarious near-death experiences (near-death because Nat is likely to kill Adrian if s
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Brigid Gallagher
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Sat Nav Diaries" had me chuckling from beginning to end. The author's wit is sharp and self deprecating, and a great match for his wife Nat's humorous responses. Their conversations are priceless!
The delightful duo drive huge distances through France, Switzerland and Italy in their Mazda MX5 sports car, with the aid of "Bernice" their Sat Nav. She guides them safely along mountain passes with treacherous bends, quiet country roads... and endless wrong turns in Marseille.
I enjoyed travelling
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Pat Ellis
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to give this book 4.5*s. Enjoyed this read. This was supposed to be the author and his newly acquired sports car going off for a few days and it turned out to be a few weeks on the road for the author and his wife - love their banter. It was an easy read and I liked the authors 'way with words' - funny, entertaining and informative - not in-depth informative but gives you an idea of places he and his wife drove to and through from UK - France, Switzerland and Italy with the help of ...more
Alyson Sheldrake
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A witty, engaging and most enjoyable book. As the former owner of a Mazda MX5, the idea of travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland in such a fun vehicle, alongside two witty individuals with a wry outlook on life, sounded like the perfect setting for a book for me. I was not disappointed. Adrian writes about the everyday with a great sense of observation and humour, and has some great one-liners! He does not just visit the big tourist attractions, he talks about the places they visit an ...more
Anna Gracey
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I rarely give 5 stars, 5 stars are for books I've annotated and will be reading again; books I did not want to put down; books that taught me something or made me think, books that left me richer than I was before.
I definitely recommend it - if you're planning a trip, for some tips and insight; if you can't travel, for some "depaysement" (I don't think English has a word for it). Or just for a few laughs and some good entertainment. It's an excellent read, and I'm looking forward to
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Amie McCracken
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, edited
This book had me chuckling and choking on my coffee for page after page. The voice is incredible. The atmosphere is tangible, as if you're right there in the car with the writer as he traverses Europe. While it's not strictly a commentary on different cultures and the people attached to those cultures, it is an adventure seen through an everyday, mundane vacation-turned commentary on people in general.
Anne London
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now a bucket list item

I encountered this memoir on accident but thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed learning more about European geography (I knew where the countries were located but not how close they actually are *driving distance*). Side note: I followed from place to place using Google maps. My husband love road trips in our convertible in the states...now, I want to travel through Europe that way!
Gail
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting travelogue of an English couple's automotive trip thru parts of Europe. It has some very funny parts as they deal with language barriers and an unreliable navigational system they name Beatrice. This is the author's first book.
Rebecca
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, travel
What an original book. Adrian Sturrock and his wife Natalie embark on a road trip around Europe in their Mazda sports car and with the help of their sat nav, Bernice. I loved the dialogue between them which at times had me laughing out loud. They complement each other so very well. It’s written in a delightful light hearted way, it definitely appealed to my sense of humour.
He has the knack of seeing the humour in most situations, even when things occasionally don’t turn out the way they expect.
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