A pioneer in the environmental world, Alastair Sawday has had a remarkably miscellaneous and varied career, which has taken him to the most far-flung corners of the globe: he headed up a VSO programme in Papua New Guinea, ran a disaster relief team for Oxfam in Turkey, and has run a small travel company, conducting walking tours throughout Europe.It was this that inspired him to publish his first travel guide, French Bed & Breakfast, after discovering various 'special' B&Bs and the extraordinary people that run them.
After a lifetime exploring and enjoying the world, Alastair Sawday is a man who wears his wisdom as lightly as he travels, bringing people and places delightfully to life, with timely political and philosophical insights * Jonathon Porritt *
Thoughtful and informative, this book is also funny and entertaining as it rises to a crescendo of enthusiasm and hope towards the end. I couldn't put it down * Country Life *
This sun-drenched memoir brings together half a century of travellers' tales, from Wales to Greece via France, Italy and Sawday's home town of Bristol. It evokes and promotes a slower sort of journey than the Easyjet generation typically "enjoys", featuring meandering tours by cycle and foot, and lazy meals eaten at farmhouse kitchen tables . . . His affection, excitement and anxiety for our planet are delivered in a fresh, unpretentious style that will make you want to crank up the old 2CV and barrel off across the Channel * The Times *
It is hard to resist Sawday's charm . . . it's frankly blissful to follow in his wake -- Alexandra Harris * Guardian *