'Theatre, food, refugees: in Adrian's writing they're all linked up ... If you haven't read his book AA GILL IS AWAY, read it now. It was when he was away that he was at his best' Stephen Daldry
A. A. Gill was probably the most read columnist in Britain. Every weekend he entertained readers of the SUNDAY TIMES with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant reviews. Even those who objected to his opinions agree: his writing is hopelessly, painfully funny. He was one of a tiny band of must-read journalists and it was always a disappointment when the words 'A.A. Gill is away' appeared at the foot of his column. This book is the fruit of those absences: twenty-five long travel pieces that belie his reputation as a mere style-journalist and master of vitriol: this is travel writing of the highest quality and ambition.
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His reporting here is spot-on: clear-eyed, informative and compassionate ... His work is always ... surprising, original, stimulating and, for that reason, always worth reading -- Lynn Barber * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * It was when he was away that he was at his best ... His walkabouts around the world were driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and acquaint himself with cultures he knew nothing about, to rejoice in the diversity of the extraordinary world we live in, and to use his writing as a tool for change ... If A. A. Gill is to be away for a while, we should all take up the baton he has left behind and make sure we are richer, not poorer, for his absence -- Stephen Daldry 'In this collection of twenty-four accounts of trips abroad he comes across as both funny and compassionate' * DAILY EXPRESS * 'Imagine Evelyn Waugh reborn as one of Nick Hornby's endearingly superficial protagonists, and you have London's Sunday Times television and restaurant critic Gill: droll, astute, irritable, irritating and always cleaver-sharp . . . it's his bald foreignness that makes him such a skilled marksman. That, and the fact that he himself is such an original' * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * 'Sometimes shocking, usually smart, always entertaining' * KIRKUS REVIEWS *
About Adrian Gill
A. A. Gill (1954-2016) was born in Edinburgh. He was the TV and restaurant critic and regular features-writer for the Sunday Times, a columnist for Esquire and contributor to Australian Gourmet Traveller. His books include A. A. Gill is Away, The Angry Island, Previous Convictions, Table Talk, Paper View, A. A. Gill is Further Away, The Golden Door and Lines in the Sand, as well as two novels and the memoir Pour Me, which was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize. The Best of A. A. Gill, a collection of his journalism, was published in 2017.
AA Gill is Away by Adrian Gill
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