Chucking It All by Max Scratchmann

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Named one of the twelve best travel books of 2009 by, Chucking It All exposes the gritty reality behind all those twee bestsellers which extol the joys of sunny rural idylls. With its remorseless true-life account of downshifting to a remote Scottish island, Chucking It All uncovers the frightening realities of relocating to “a magical island lost in the mists of time” as you follow the warts-and-all adventures of urban misanthrope, Max Scratchmann, as he valiantly tries to forge a new life in the windswept Orkney islands, and grumbles his way through unending winters with eighteen-hour nights, nocturnal visits from drunken farmers and booty calls from desperate divorcees. From struggling to fit in as a temporary postman in a wilderness where houses don’t display numbers or names, to attending drunken country ceilidhs with the island singles’ club, or finding himself up to the neck in local politics while performing in the village pantomime, Chucking It All is an urbanite’s nightmare and one of the most hilarious books that you will read this year. Irreverent, sarcastic and bitingly caustic, Chucking It All still manages to be a grudgingly affectionate portrait of rural life through the eyes of a cynical outsider, and is one of the truest accounts of “living the dream” ever published. “Does for downshifting what Lewinsky did for Clinton – only much funnier...”

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Paul Curtis Author, essayist and poet, Paul's humorous and romantic poetry has been published in such august literary organs as Decanto, Earth Love and Green Queen. Paul is indisputably Peculiar Poetry's Christmas expert, having published The Christmas Companion, a book about the history and origins of the festive season, which includes a twenty thousand word adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in verse form. Patrick Winstanley Having worked variously as a doctor, museum curator and local government officer, Patrick is currently masquerading and an Internet Marketing guru. He is the owner, editor and webmaster of Peculiar Poetry and, as an occasional poet, he enjoys the metrical challenge of shoehorning very long words into very short poems. Max Scratchmann Max Scratchmann is a balding British illustrator who writes copious amounts of comic verse in a desperate effort to appear hip and cool. He is also the author of Bodice Rippers & Carnie Strippers, a highly salacious collection of rude poetry; Chucking It All, a misanthropic tale of downshifting on a godforsaken Scottish island; and The Last Burrah Sahibs, a warm and funny personal account of growing up in India in the late 1960s.
Published August 29, 2009 by Maverick Lifestyles. 200 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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