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Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 26th 2018 by Irene Pylypec
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Ronald Mackay
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A quick and amusing, sometimes informative read, “A Squatter in London” tells of a Canadian prairie girl’s adventures in the UK in the 1970s. Irene Pylypec arrives with meagre savings, no preparatory research and a minimum plan to get to know Britain and the great metropolis of London that friends hav e raved about.

Seeking to reduce expenses upon arrival, she finds a group of odd souls who take her in to share their ‘squat’ – a residential building emptied of tenants by the municipal government
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E.J. Bauer
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into squats in London's 1970s. I knew that this was a preferred method of finding accommodation with many young travellers and backpackers, but the logistics, friendships, discords and the simple rigours of daily living are brought into sharp focus in this memoir. Join the author for her rollercoaster year year in the UK; as she explores Brighton's Royal Pavilion, searches for a giant cabbage in Scotland and dines on potatoes cooked in cream stolen from Paul McC ...more
Al
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2019
Memoirs appeal to me because they allow you to view the world and the situations another person experiences from a different point of view, helping you to understand what life is like for someone else in a better way. Travel memoirs allow you to vicariously experience someone else’s travels, getting an idea of what a place where you’ve never been is like or, if you’ve visited that place, comparing your experience to what the author of the travel memoir experienced and hopefully understand the pl ...more
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Squatter in London by Irene Pylypec is a captivating account of a young woman’s experience as a traveller – not a tourist.

Shortly after college, Irene saves enough to fulfill a long time dream of vacationing in London. A planned three week trip becomes almost a year, after she falls in love with London and finds work. Finally, entangled in a squatter’s household, her boyfriend back in Ireland, she’s ready to go back to Canada.

Irene’s personable tone brings London to life. Not only are popular
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Lee Hall
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable well written memoir about a young lady who embarks on a travelling adventure... 

I found myself completely immersed in what is a diary style account of Irene Pylypec's travels from Canada to the U.K in the 70's. Although she spends some of her time travelling around the country her residence in London is the focus as she lives a free spirited life of squatting while experiencing everything there is to experience of the times. 

In this account she befriends many colourful characters wh
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Joseph
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Page 9 (C1 first sentence) "sheepherding" should be "shepherding"… "by friends COMMA Winston and Adam COMMA while"…"it might just have been” should be "it might have been"…my friend COMMA Emily COMMA and me…otherwise, the introduction to the story interested me for an autobiographical perspective, especially about a time and place I was curious about...aside from a misspelling in the first sentence and the other writing errors, the story read like a journal or diary depicting the narrator's acti ...more
Nadine Goman
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read!

Our book club members all liked Irene’s book and were delighted when she met us via Skype at our meeting. A great first book. We enjoyed her youthful escapades and it brought back memories of our own. We were reminded of the UK of the day (1970’s) and history of the places she visited. “Kids” in their 20’s today might be surprised by the stories of this adventurer.
Amy Shannon
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed reading Pylypec's A Squatter in London, as this is the first time I've read this author's work. It more than just a memoir, it's an adventure. The perspective is from the self-proclaimed "former" squatter, who finds an interesting adventure traveling across London. It's a well-written, well-documented memoir showing the ups and downs and unpredictability of where the journey would take her. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Irene suffers from Peter Pan Syndrome, but she’s OK with that. An avid reader since early childhood, Irene daydreamed of travel to foreign lands while tending sheep under the expansive living skies of the Canadian prairie.
Passionate about travel, she caught the travel bug in the mid-seventies when she backpacked solo throughout the UK and Ireland. She’s a firm believer that to truly understand th
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