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By: Nick Jenkin

Nick and Nancy Take a Trip

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A witty and engaging, tongue-in-cheek travelogue, Nick and Nancy Take a Trip is a tru-ish story of a couple of 'oldies' living on a Greek island who realise they need transport to get around. On deciding to buy a scooter in Britain, it tells of their bumbling attempts to drive it from London to Greece. The conversational, two-sided narrative draws the reader in from the start, delivering a light-hearted look at how the couple's relationship evolves as they face various obstacles on their adventure across Europe. In the early morning, under a foreboding sky, they wobble their way out of South London. Will the scooter fall apart? Will their relationship survive getting lost in Belgium or their first accident? What happens with the German biker gang on the night-train to Verona? Why does the ship's steward only speak in nods and who are the silent diners? An 'adventure before dementia', Nick and Nancy Take a Trip is both humorous and touching as it explores a couple's personalities, habits, foibles and prejudices. The author's unique voice makes is a must for your shelves and is a perfect holiday read.
Nick Jenkin was born in London. After teaching in the East End and the West Country, he went onto study Philosophy at Sussex University. Amongst other things he worked as a merchant seaman, a teacher in Wormwood Scrubs, a shoe salesman in Regent Street, a canoe instructor, a painter and decorator, a manager of a Citizen Advice Bureau and then with young offenders and homeless youth. He finally settled into a career as a Citizen Advocacy manager, supporting the rights of adults with learning disabilities. As well as being politically active, he sang with 'The Chorus of The National Orchestra of Wales' for 8 years and with other choirs in Cornwall, Ireland, France and Palestine. He now lives in Greece with his wife, Nancy.
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  • Anonymous

    It seems every trip must have a reason. The title, subtitle and front cover photograph serve as a good description of this book. Nick and Nancy needed transport in their new home in Greece, so after much research, they decided the only way was to come back to Blighty and drive their newly acquired scooter all the way to Greece themselves.

    They were very brave setting off from London amid the traffic chaos there even though Nick has much experience of driving in the city.

    The banter between Nick and Nancy during the ride is most amusing. The way you shared decisions along the way can be well imagined by other couples!
    Getting lost in Belgium sounds horrific - they are such courageous travellers with unlimited persistence.

    A rough sketch map of the route or just the last few hundred miles to Symi would aid the reader whose geography is not tiptop, to follow your journey.

    The various references to bikers rang a bell with this reader as I have a relative who has driven with 5 mates, their high-powered motorbikes (including a Harley Davidson) right across to Russia and back.

    I enjoyed the night train chapter. It is a very entertaining travel book, showing the courage and enterprise of the older generation.

    Well-done Nancy for staying well-balanced on Rosie for such a long drive. A sense of humour covers many worries, especially when there is a language barrier. (Lift chin to signify ‘no’)

  • Denise Turner

    Having known Nick and Nancy for some time, reading about their 'antics' on this adventure was like being there with them, a very amusing and informative story from begining to end, i hope theres a lot more where this came from, keep up the brill work guys
    X Den

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