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- Publisher: Automobile Association
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 240g
- Publication date: 1 July 2013
- Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
- ISBN 10: 074957397X
- ISBN 13: 9780749573973
- Illustrations note: B&W images
- Sales rank: 838,610
'Don't Need The Sunshine' is a humorous journey around Britain's seaside holiday destinations. John Osborne has never been a fan of going abroad somewhere hot on holiday. He blames the bigging up of 'abroad' on his parents - or at least their generation. In the 60s and 70s they started going on holiday abroad and came back with a taste for the exoticism of a bottle of vin de pays and a pain au chocolat. Who wanted a stick of rock and a donkey ride in the rain when Provence beckoned? Things were simpler in the olden days - those post-war years when Winston Churchill urged the nation to go on holiday. In need of an escape, but without the funds or inclination for two weeks in the sun, John makes the curious decision to spend a year tracing his family holiday history. If a day trip to Cleethorpes was good enough for his granny, then why should it not be good enough for him? And if his bank manager doesn't stop him, he might even splash out on a week in the Isle of Wight.
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John Osborne is the author of two non-fiction books: 'Radio Head', which was a Radio 4's 'Book of the Week' and serialised in the Daily Mail, and The Newsagent's Window. He is a regular contributor to British radio, and writes comedy for Radio 4. He is also a published poet, having poetry featured in the Guardian, the Spectator and the Big Issue, and his first book of poetry 'What if men burst in wearing balaclavas?' was published in 2010. He is a member of the poetry collective Aisle16, and performs at festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.