A wonderfully quixotic, charming and surprisingly uplifting travelogue which sees Jack Cooke, author of the much-loved The Treeclimbers Guide, drive around the British Isles in a clapped-out forty-year old hearse in search of famous - and not so famous - tombs, graves and burial sites.
What makes a nation happy? Is one country's sense of happiness the same as another's? This travel book evaluates each country's different sense of happiness. It shows how the author in his quest to find the world's happiest places, eats rotten Icelandic shark, meditates in Bangalore, and drinks himself into a stupor in Reykjavik.
Thirty years ago the author left London and travelled across Asia and back again by train. His account of the journey - "The Great Railway Bazaar" - was a landmark book. Now he makes the trip all over again to discover the changes that have swept the continents. In this book, he gives us the highs and lows of his journey.
Gives an account of the author's journey by rail through Asia. This work describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met. It also shows how he is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, from Molesworth, while avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers.