Mr Snack and the Lady Water : Travel Tales from My Lost Years
After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with Mr Snack and the Lady Water, a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. In the title piece, Shanahan embarks on what is supposed to be a luxury cruise, only to find himself on a three-day endurance test aboard a leaking barge on China's Yangtze River in the company of a mysterious roommate, a pair of neurotic American spinsters and a thousand baseball-capped tourists. Other stories include his sight-unseen, online purchase of a house in Las Vegas, his brief career in Bollywood and a meditation on white guilt in post-apartheid South Africa. Road-soiled and a touch deviant, Shanahan's account of his 'lost years' are a comic master class, essential reading for anyone who has ever woken up in a strange bed or just stared at themselves in a hotel mirror at 3 am and asked 'Where am I?'
- Electronic book text
- 01 Apr 2013
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
About Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Shanahan is a writer based in Sydney and Las Vegas. He writes regularly for various publications internationally and is the author of The Secret Life of the Gold Coast (2004) and In Turkey I am Beautiful (2008). The latter was described as 'laugh out loud funny' by the Sydney Morning Herald, named 'one of the best travel books ever' by the Sun Herald and listed in the year's 10 best non-fiction works by ABC Radio National. File next to: AA Gill is Away (AA Gill), Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris), A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (David Foster Wallace), Don't Get Too Comfortable (David Rakoff), and Notes From a Small Island (Bill Bryson).